I have never had sleep problems, but after I was off chemo and recovering from 2 post chemo surgeries, my sleep was never the same. I can be exhausted, fall asleep about 20-30 minutes, wake up and be up all night til 6-7 the next morning. If I work physically hard and am worn out or lay around all day the pattern is the same. I've never had sleeping problems in my life, especially if I work physically hard, I'd fall asleep like a baby. I never had to take sleeping pills ever. I do everything to have a calm environment, nothing works. Can anybody help me?
Many studies have described sleep disturbance in cancer patients and cancer surveyor for years after treatment. Up to 80 percent of patients with cancer complain of disturbed sleep. There may be several causes for insomnia, fatigue, and daytime sleepiness in cancer patients. These can range from sleep apnea, abnormal leg movements, circadian rhythm disturbance (abnormalities in your sleep - wake cycles) and behavioral causes. Medications, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and radiation therapy all may contribute to disturbed sleep. I would recommend that you ask you oncologist or surgeon for a referral to our Sleep Center, so that we may address your specific issues.