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