Under normal circumstances, it doesn’t take much to throw off our amount, timing and quality of sleep.
Work stressors, relationship problems and financial difficulties can lead to poor sleep. A mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment introduces many other factors that can negatively impact the amount and quality of our sleep: Uncontrolled pain, nausea, anxiety, hormonal fluctuations, urinary frequency, diarrhea and changes in work or treatment schedules.
People with mesothelioma complain of a wide range of sleep problems, from sleeping too much to sleeping at the wrong times, or not being able to sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time.
There are many things that your healthcare professional can do to help with sleep problems. Saying “Doc, I am not sleeping!” doesn’t give your healthcare provider enough information to help you, so they need some detailed information about your sleep patterns.
Anti-Anxiety and Sleep Medications Can Help
Keep track for about a week of when and where you are sleeping, how long you are sleeping at a stretch, what keeps you up at night and what wakes you up too early. With this information, your physician can determine the cause of your sleep problems and offer some solutions.
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