Sometimes cancer patients have a hard time sleeping. Some can’t fall asleep, others can’t stay asleep, and many can’t get enough rest. This may be a problem you’ve had your whole life, or it may be new.
The causes could be anxiety, depression or just not feeling well. It may be the result of a medical condition, such as a breathing problem or side effects from medicine.
If you are not sleeping well, please talk with your doctor or nurse. You may need a referral for additional resources like the Sleep Center.
Making the most of your sleep
Here are some tips for getting the best night’s sleep possible:
- Avoid using electronic devices or watching television while in bed.
- Keep daytime naps short (less than 30 minutes).
- Limit caffeine intake and avoid nicotine.
- Exercise regularly but not within two hours of bedtime.
See additional tips for a good night's rest from our Patient Education department.