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Living with lung cancer, pain, drugs, being in the hospital, and stress can cause sleep problems. Sleep problems may include:

  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Sleeping only in short amounts of time
  • Waking up in the middle of the night
  • Having trouble getting back to sleep

To help with your sleep problem, you may want to try:

  • Reducing noise, dimming the lights, making the room warmer or cooler, and using pillows to support your body
  • Dressing in soft, loose clothing
  • Going to the bathroom before bed
  • Eating a high-protein snack 2 hours before bedtime (such as peanut butter, cheese, nuts, or some sliced chicken or turkey)
  • Avoiding caffeine (coffee, teas, colas, hot cocoa)
  • Keeping regular sleep hours (avoid naps longer than 15-30 minutes)
  • Talking with your healthcare team about drugs to help you sleep. These may give relief on a short-term basis.
Educational information provided by The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Internet site.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:42
 
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