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Today is World Sleep Day – a day aimed at celebrating and promoting the importance of sleep. In this blog, senior editor Elissia looks at some common barriers to sleeping well, and explains how you can try to improve your sleep pattern.
Whether settling into bed is a highlight of your day, or if nodding off each night is often a struggle – good quality sleep is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. But, it is very common to experience sleep problems. This is called insomnia.
Insomnia means having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up feeling unrefreshed or tired (fatigued). Many people affected by cancer have trouble sleeping, for lots of different reasons.
Why might sleeping be difficult?
Lots of things can make sleeping difficult. It could be something you don’t think about, or haven’t previously recognised as a factor. For example:
Not getting enough, or any, sleep for a long period of time can lead to anxiety, depression, concentration problems and difficulty making decisions. If you are worried that disturbed sleep is affecting how you function during the day, talk to your doctor or specialist nurse.
Things you could do to help with sleep
There are some practical things you could try, that might help you sleep better.
Coping with worry and anxiety
Feelings of worry, anxiety and fear can make it difficult to sleep. If you find yourself lying awake in the night, going over the same concerns in your own mind, some of the following tips may help:
For more information about coping with sleeping difficulties, visit our website. Or, if you are struggling more generally with cancer related fatigue, we have lots of information which you may find helpful – online, as a booklet, and as an audiobook.
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