What can I do to sleep better after cancer treatment?
Julie Silver, MD:
one thing that you can do is consider giving up naps. If you were taking naps before, you may not need those naps and they may be interfering with your sleep.Another thing you should be thinking about is how much caffeine you're drinking, and when you're drinking it, avoiding alcohol, especially before bedtime,avoiding heavy meals or exercise right before bed, all of those things that we call sleep hygiene are good to think about.And then you should think about the medical problem. What is it that's keeping you -- is it anxiety, or hot flashes waking you up, are you in pain? What's happening?And talk to your doctor about those. So your doctor can treat the underlying problem, for instance the hot flashes, or your doctor may choose to treat you with a sleep aid.