Even if the treatment works well, the combination of postoperative fears and the side effects of chemotherapy can lead to cancer patients being more prone to insomnia than normal people.
Long-term insomnia can result in anxiety and decline in immunity, which are obviously not helpful.
How to help cancer patients with insomnia then？
1, Avoid coffee, tea, or smoking for several hours before bedtime (generally after 4pm), do not drink alcohol before going to bed
2, Do regular physical exercise, but avoid strenuous exercise before going to bed
3, Do not eat or drink before going to bed
4. Do not stay excited for at least one hour before going to bed, either from watching TV or games
5, Make your bedroom quiet, comfortable, including temperature, humidity and light
Some patients with cancer have difficulty to sleep or eat due to the pain caused by the lesions. In this case, drugs are necessary.
Drug usage must be administered under the guidance of your doctor.
Sleep restriction therapy
Make a schedule with sleep hours and non-sleep hours, make sure you have enough sleep hours for every day, and try to stay away from bed at non-sleep time.
Stimulation control therapy
Let the patient go to bed only when they're sleepy. When patients can't fall into sleep after 20 minutes in bed, let them get up and do some simple activities, such as reading. When there's drowsiness, they can return to sleep.
- Wear comfortable and loose clothes and maintain a comfortable lying posture. Open your legs naturally. Put one arm on your upper abdomen and the other arm on your side.
- Breathe through the nostrils slowly, feeling that the inhaled gas is a bit “cool” and the exhaled breath is a bit “warm”
- At the same time as inhaling and exhaling, feeling the fluctuation of the abdomen
- Keep breathing deep and slowly, with a brief pause between inspiration and exhalation;
- Think about each part of the body, imagine relaxing them one at once exhalation