Improving Your Sleep When You Have Mesothelioma

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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Improving Your Sleep When You Have Mesothelioma

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