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Sleep Disturbances

Cancer treatment can be exhausting and physically depleting. You should be getting an adequate amount of sleep as you undergo treatment, but for many patients, sleep doesn't come easily. This can be a result of medication, anxiety or depression.

These suggestions may help improve sleep quality:

  • Relax before bedtime by taking a warm bath or shower, meditating or listening to calming music.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Use the bedroom for sleep only and keep the room cool, quiet and dark.
  • Use comfortable bedding and sleepwear.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and stimulation before bedtime.
  • Forgo long daytime naps that can interfere with nighttime sleep.
  • Consider complementary or alternative therapy to help you sleep, such as guided imagery, deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises.
  • If your sleep disturbances persist, talk with your doctor.