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Fewer hours of sleep and poor sleep quality causes many medical conditions including cancer. Sleep problems may be caused by the emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, the physical impact of its treatment, and the side effects of medications. Disrupted sleep can linger long after cancer treatment ends. Quality sleep is needed for healing, good immune function, and mental health. Poor sleep can impair quality of life, ability to fight infections, and recover from treatments.

KEY POINTS

Cancer and its treatment may cause or worsen insomnia and other sleep problems

It is important to talk with healthcare providers about sleep problems caused by cancer.

Common factors linked to poor sleep include physical and emotional symptoms from cancer and its treatments such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

Managing the physical and emotional causes of poor sleep and using good sleep habits can improve sleep while dealing with cancer.

Am I at Risk ?

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep a night. As the body repairs itself during cancer treatment, the need for sleep may increase. Poor sleep can be an unwanted side effect of cancer treatments. Medications prescribed to reduce the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy can also impact sleep quantity and quality.

Sleep-disrupting side effects include:

TIPS

Good sleep habits include keeping a regular sleep schedule, avoiding stimulants and alcohol near bedtime, turning off electronic devices in the bedroom, and providing a comfortable place to sleep. Other tips for those with cancer include:

Physical activity can help promote healthy sleep and lessen fatigue.

If pain is the problem, take prescribed medication and implement other pain control strategies as directed, particularly before bedtime.

Sleeping in layers of clothing and bedding can reduce the sleep disruption from night sweats or hot flashes.

If nausea, diarrhea or constipation interferes with sleep, discuss these problems with your doctor.

Avoid stressful activities just before you go to bed and create a soothing bedtime routine.

Next Steps

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: CONTENT DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE

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