5 Ways to Improve Sleep During Mesothelioma Treatment

There are very few people who would be able to admit that they have never had a poor night’s sleep. There are many issues that can affect how well you sleep, such as stress and the wrong sleep environment. Whatever the cause, you are left feeling tired when you wake up and overtaken by bouts of daytime sleepiness.

During treatment for mesothelioma and other cancers, a lot of patients report sleep issues. These sleep disturbances can increase the risk of depression and anxiety, and they can also trigger forgetfulness when it comes to treatment.

What should you do if you’re struggling to sleep while on treatment for mesothelioma?

Deal with physical discomfort 

One of the first interventions during the curative treatment phase is surgery, according to mesothelioma news. Removing the cancer is a very invasive procedure, and the patient should expect to experience post-operative pain. Another factor that will prevent quality sleep is the nausea and gastrointestinal upset that chemotherapy causes.

Being able to recognize what is preventing you from sleeping properly allows you to get the intervention you need. You might need to speak to your doctor about pain relief or medication to combat nausea.

Check your medication side effects

One of the realities of mesothelioma and other cancers is that you will have a long list of medications to take each day. Each has side effects, and some of them might even cause sleeplessness. Sometimes, medications may not interact well with each other, which can also lead to insomnia or other sleep disruptions.

For example, steroids are commonly prescribed to help your appetite, but they can also cause insomnia. While you won’t be able to stop taking your medicines, your doctor might be able to tweak your prescription to accommodate your sleep requirements.

Combat stress and anxiety

There is no doubt that a cancer diagnosis will cause a lot of stress. It is a threat to your continued life among your friends and family. It will be natural for you to worry about getting your affairs in order and thinking about all the things you would like to have accomplished but might not get a chance to achieve. 

You will also be thinking about the future and what things will be like when the disease reaches its final stages if treatment is unsuccessful.

If such thoughts are clouding your mind and preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep, you need to speak to your doctor. They might prescribe a mild treatment to get your anxiety under control or advise you to attend therapy to help you process what is happening to you.

Consider your sleep environment

While you’re in the hospital, a solid night’s sleep might not always be possible. A hospital is a noisy place, even at night, when patients’ needs must still be attended to. There’s nothing as comfortable as your own bed, and you will long for it while lying in an unfamiliar hospital bed, sharing a room with a stranger. 

Ask your doctor to prescribe something to help you sleep while you’re still hospitalized if you feel you’re struggling, and your stay will stretch beyond a few days.

Step into a routine

Like appetite, sleep is a rhythmic body function. A sleep routine will help you get the rest you need. Set a bedtime and waking time, and try to stick to it as closely as you can. While exercise might be a struggle, do as much as you can as it also promotes better sleep.

Avoid eating large meals or consuming caffeine right before you are due to sleep. Wind down by dimming your lights and disengaging from electronic devices. Make sure your room is dark and well-ventilated, and that you sleep in comfortable clothing.

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