To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Content Developer Azmina explores how sleep affects our mental well-being and gives 10 practical tips for managing sleep problems.
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18 to 24 May 2020. This year, the theme is how sleep or a lack of it can affect how we feel and our mental health.
Many people affected by cancer can have trouble sleeping. This is called insomnia and may happen for different reasons. For example, general anxiety, worries about treatment or fears about the future may be keeping you awake. Physical problems, such as pain, discomfort or feeling unwell, and some medicines used to treat cancer can also disrupt your sleep.
There are 3 main types of sleep problems:
Losing one night of sleep will not have any effect other than making you feel tired the next day. But long periods of not sleeping well can lead to other problems, such as anxiety, depression and finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions.
There are things you can do to try and improve your sleep and well-being.
10 practical tips to help you sleep
Your doctor can also talk to you about treatment options if sleep problems are affecting your daily life. Some therapies can help to change the way that you think, feel and behave when it comes to sleeping, bedtime or worrying at night.
For more tips on coping with sleep problems, you can read the information on our website or order our free booklet How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer.
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