Sweet dreams are often hard to come by during cancer treatment.
Restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, steroids, chemo, and more are just a few of the culprits that can have you tossing and turning, watching the clock all night, and exhausted when healing rest is one of the things you need the most.
Marian, a friend of ours recovering from cervical cancer, found that following a bed time ritual helped her relax and prepared her body for a better night’s sleep. Her ritual included getting into bed the same time each night, sipping a cup of sleep inducing chamomile tea, while listening to soothing music on her iPod. As she felt her body grow heavy, she slipped her sleep mask into place to block out all external light and noise (including teenagers and a barking dog), then snuggled down to sleep.
Many women find a sleep mask helpful. One of our favorites is the SLEEP MASTER Sleep Mask. Unlike other sleep masks this one is designed to be comfortable, lightweight, easy to use and wear, while providing complete light elimination and sound muffling (not complete sound isolation). Velcro straps keep it in place and provide a good fit. In addition, it contains no latex and it is hypoallergenic.
Share with us your tips to a good night’s sleep. We want to know how you put your sleepless nights to rest!