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Side Effects of
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Incontinence - Urinary
Dryness of the Mouth
Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
Nausea & Vomiting
Spinal Cord Compression
Shortness of Breath
Sleep Problems (Insomnia/Oversleeping)
Here are some suggestions for getting a good
Give your own natural sleep cycle a chance to be in synchrony
with the day-night cycle by going to bed at the same time each
night (within an hour more or less) and arising without being
awakened by an alarm clock. This will mean going to bed early
enough to give yourself enough time to sleep. Try to maintain
your regular sleep times on the weekend. Getting up early
during the week and sleeping late on weekends may upset the
rhythm of your sleep cycle.
Create a proper (for you) sleep environment.
Sleep occurs best when the sleeping environment is dark, quiet,
free of distractions, and not too warm. If you use radio or TV
to help you fall asleep, use an autotimer to shut off the noise
after falling asleep.
Wind down before going to bed.
About 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime, stop any activities that
cause mental or physical arousal, such as work or exercise, and
take up a “quiet” activity that can create a transition to
sleep. Transitional activities could include reading, watching
“mindless” TV, taking a warm bath or shower, meditation, or
Make the bedroom for sleeping only.
Make the bedroom your place for getting a good night’s sleep.
Try not to use it for work or for discussing problems with your
Don’t worry while in bed.
If you are unable to sleep after about 30 minutes in bed because
of worry about the next day’s activities, get up and do some
limited activity such as reading a magazine article, doing the
dishes, or meditating. Go back to bed when you feel drowsy. If
you cannot sleep because of thinking about all that you have to
do, write down what’s on your mind and let the paper hold onto
the thoughts while you sleep. You can retrieve them in the
Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Some people have a glass of beer or wine before bed in order to
relax. Large amounts of alcohol, while sedating, block normal
sleep and dreaming patterns. Because caffeine remains in the
body for several hours, people sensitive to caffeine should not
ingest any after noon.
Exercising 20 to 30 minutes three or four times a week enhances
the ability to sleep. You should not exercise vigorously within
three hours of bedtime, however, because of the possibility of
becoming too aroused to sleep.
- Establish a regular sleep time.