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How do you get a good night sleep?

Morning All. I’m lying here, struggling to get back off to sleep and was just curious about others sleep patterns. During the day my mind is kept busy and I can go for longer periods not thinking about my lymphoma. However, at nighttime, when I’m tired and desperate for sleep, my mind has a different idea! I find it extremely difficult to relax. I’ve tried music and audio books and this is somewhat effective in helping me get to sleep (at times) but I more than often wake again. This is the loneliest time for me. Do any of you have the same problem and have found anything useful to help? I know it will never be perfect but if I can improve it a little I’m hoping the fatigue might improve a little too!


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  • Ann Harper moderator
    6 months ago

    Maybe you can try reading a book in dim light. It might help you to fall asleep. It works for me. Good luck.

  • hammosa
    6 months ago

    Hi Nicola , I also struggle with sleep. I’m not working anymore so for me, I just sleep whenever by body tells me. I stressed over it initially, but now I just accept that a big part of it is because of discomfort or just having to pee a lot. Now that I’m not worrying about it , I am able to have some really good stretches of sleep. Hope you are able to find a balance.

  • Nichola75 author
    6 months ago

    Thanks – it is harder when your working but I am trying to improve that balance and reminding myself that health comes first. Hope you are well X

  • Nichola75 author
    6 months ago

    Thanks Doreen. I’ll have a read x

  • Carole McCue
    6 months ago

    Nicola,
    When anxious my mind is like a video camera with worries.
    I have found journaling and writing about my worries. I have also listening to soft music and a diffuser with lavender as soothing.
    I hope one of these may help.

  • CindyC moderator
    7 months ago

    When I was newly diagnosed I struggled with sleep issues too. My mind was running like the Energizer Bunny. Some tips are to make sure no electronics before bed; lavender essential oils; dark, cool room; listening to a mindfulness podcast; exercise during the day; sticking to a bedtime schedule. When I was going through a period of relapse I consulted with my oncologist and was prescribed an anxiety medication to help me get a better nights sleep. Hope you catch some shut eye soon!

  • Nichola75 author
    7 months ago

    Thanks Cindy. I’m trying everything! Wishing you the happiest of New Years xxx

  • Nichola75 author
    7 months ago

    Thank you Doreen, that was a really interesting read. Anything is worth a try! Merry Christmas and thanks again x

  • Doreen Hribar moderator
    7 months ago

    Nichola75,
    I am sorry to hear you are struggling with sleep issues. That is so frustrating! I thought I’d share this article you may find helpful: https://blood-cancer.com/living/insomnia-write-to-do-list/
    I do hope you will get a restful night’s sleep soon.
    Warmly, Doreen (Blood-Cancer.com Team)

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