Article Talk: Sleeping Your Way Out of CancerArticle Talk: Sleeping Your Way Out of Cancer

Started by mtngal, February 22, 2017
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mtngal

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February 22, 2017
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\r\n\r\n\r\nHow I wish it was this easy to fall/stay asleep. I developed chronic insomnia while taking Femara, and after recently completing 5 years on it I am still suffering from terrible insomnia - 4 hours a night anymore is a good night for me. I have tried every \"self help\" technique out there as well as sleeping pills my Dr. prescribed. The side effect of the sleeping pills are almost as bad as the insomnia itself and my Dr. doesn\'t really have any other solutions for me. I dread bedtime anymore with the anxiety it causes and also realizing that my sleep deprivation is also not helping my health. View Original Post

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SueinColumbiamd

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February 24, 2017
Thanks, Mtngal! I find these articles on the benefits/necessity of adequate sleep very frustrating. I would love to put together 6 straight hours, much less 8. I consider it a great night when I get a 5 hour segment and that is rare. Like you, I have not slept well since starting letrozole and anastrozole was not any better. I was prescribed lorazepam, but that only helped to get me to sleep and never for longer for 4 hours. I finally gave it up. I had tried Ambien years ago during perimenopause, but I reacted badly to it. I practice every type of sleep hygiene possible. TV/computer off an hour or two before bed (especially, since the election cycle), very dark room, cool room, melatonin, etc. I am resigned to waking up several times and often not being able to get back to sleep. Articles that state sleep is so important just add more stress to cancer patients, right up there with research that states that depression leads to premature death.
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