Managing Sleep Challenges During Chemo

There are several factors that can contribute to sleep difficulties while undergoing chemotherapy:

  • Chemotherapy drugs often induce fatigue and drowsiness, leading patients to nap during the day, which can disrupt nighttime sleep patterns.
  • Some sleep problems may arise from medications prescribed to alleviate chemotherapy side effects. For instance, steroids like dexamethasone, used to control nausea and vomiting, can also cause sleep disturbances. To mitigate this, it’s advisable to avoid taking steroids after early evening.
  • The stress and anxiety associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment can also interfere with sleep.

Tips to Manage Insomnia:

  • Refrain from eating or exercising within 2 hours of bedtime.
  • Ensure the bedroom is dark and conducive to sleep.
  • If using an electronic clock, position it away from your line of sight.
  • Reserve the bed solely for sleeping. Avoid using it for activities like watching TV or reading.
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.
  • Limit daytime naps, and if necessary, keep them brief (no longer than an hour) to prevent increased fatigue and insomnia.

When to Seek Medical Advice:

Inform your healthcare provider if you experience unresolved pain, anxiety, or depression affecting your sleep.

Consult your medical team if sleep problems persist despite implementing management strategies.
Report any undesirable side effects of medications affecting your sleep.

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

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