A regular sleep pattern is so important to recovery and is a great way to arm yourself against bugs and viruses. Cold, dark and wet Winter weather outside makes tucking up in bed a lot more pleasurable. But depression and anxiety can disrupt your sleep and it is not so easy to simply turn off.
Situations and worries appear far worse in the middle of the night. Try to set aside some time in the day to problems-solve or complete a task that might we weighting on your mind.
Caffeine can affect your sleep so avoid drinking caffeine in the later part of the day and try not to drink more than two cups of caffeine-type drinks each day (e.g. coffee, strong tea, cola or energy drinks).
Try to do something relaxing before bedtime and allow time to wind down. Although alcohol is not recommended during treatment avoid using alcohol to help with sleep. It can cause people to sleep less deeply and to wake more frequently.
Create a regular pattern by trying to get up about the same time the same time each morning. This can often be regulated to your medication you may have to take.
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