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Cancer: Home Treatment for Sleep Problems

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There are things you can do to manage sleep problems caused by cancer or cancer treatment. For example, it may help to have a relaxing bedtime routine and to avoid caffeine and alcohol in the hours before bed.

If your doctor gave you instructions or medicines to treat sleep problems, be sure to follow them. And check with your doctor before using any over-the-counter medicines to help you sleep.

Be sure to talk to your doctor if your sleep problems get worse, or if you feel very tired during the day.

How can you help yourself sleep well?

Here are some tips that may help you sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more refreshed.

Your sleeping area

Your evening and bedtime routine

What to avoid

If you can't sleep

Credits for Cancer: Home Treatment for Sleep Problems

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Michael Seth Rabin MD - Medical Oncology

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