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Have you experienced insomnia during and after breast cancer treatment? You’re not alone. Sleeplessness is a hot topic on MyBCTeam. “Between anxiety, drug side effects, and pain since BC, I found it almost impossible to sleep,” wrote one member. “I’m up every single morning at 2 a.m.,” said another woman. Members share a wide range of medications, natural remedies, and relaxation tools that help them sleep. They include:
Many members swear by prescription sleep and anti-anxiety medications but worry about potential risks. Melatonin, too, has many fans on MyBCTeam. “The only thing that assures me a good night sleep is melatonin and a muscle relaxer,” shared one member.
Women who use cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) oil – where legally available – often report success. “Cannabis is the only thing that allows me to sleep since being diagnosed and going through chemo. I ditched all the pills,” said one member. “CBD oil brought me sleep and peace,” agreed another.
Talking about better sleep with members of a support group can bring much-needed comfort and relief. Always check with your physician and care team about the safety and efficacy of any new sleep medication or supplement.
On MyBCTeam, the social network and online support group for women facing breast cancer, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Sleep issues are one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about sleep:
Here are some question-and-answer threads about sleep issues:
Can you relate?
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