Guest Blog | 3 tips to better sleep
Sleep is an important part of our physical and mental health, but sleep disorders are common in people with cancer. The symptoms of cancer and side effects from treatment may cause sleeping problems, certain drugs or treatments may affect sleep, being in the hospital can make it harder to sleep and of course the stress of learning about a cancer diagnosis often causes sleeping problems for both the cancer patient and their loved ones.
A lack of quality sleep can have a big impact on your daily life. It may make it harder for you to stay alert and involved in activities during the day, you may not be able to remember treatment instructions or have trouble making decisions and sleep problems that go on for a long time may increase the risk of anxiety or depression.
Being well-rested can improve energy and help you cope better with the side effects of cancer so we are incredibly grateful to Carol Rickard, a stress interventionist for allowing us to share this video in which Carol shows us 3 quick tips to help us get a better night's sleep.
Carol Rickard, America’s Ultimate Stress Expert, has been teaching stress management in hospitals for nearly 30 years. In addition to the 25 books published, she has been a featured expert in other publications including Readers Digest, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, and Woman’s World Magazine. She wrote a weekly column for Esperanza Magazine’s HopeToCope.com.
Carol is also a Stage III cancer survivor who knows first hand the enormous amount of stress that can show up unexpectedly in life and how important it is having the right tools and strategies to help manage that stress, so it does not negatively impact your health, your relationships, and your success in life.
You can find more of Carol's stress videos at: https://freedomfromstress.com/
CancerPal has a wide range of products that have been recommended to help ease the stress and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis.
If you'd like to find out more about how you can support a loved one with cancer, sign up to receive our Cancer Support Toolkit.