Cancer: Home Treatment for Sleep Problems
Things you can do
Home treatment may be all that is needed to relieve sleep problems caused by cancer or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat sleep problems, be sure to follow them. Check with your doctor before using any nonprescription medicines to help you sleep.
Establish a sleep routine
Make your bedroom a restful place
Once you are in bed
If you take medicines
Mind-body therapy, such as meditation, relaxation, and cognitive behavioral therapy often are helpful for people in cancer treatments. Movement-based mind-body therapy, such as yoga and tai chi, have been found to improve sleep quality.2
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
If one or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your doctor:
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