• do you wake up at different times now?

    Asked by MyLungCancer on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    do you wake up at different times now?

    I can't sleep and wake up much earlier than before cancer.

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • legaljen1969's Avatar

      I still have a regular work schedule so my wake-up time remains fairly consistent. I "usually" first wake up at 4:00 a.m. when my husband gets up for work. I then wake up again around 6:20. I often check email or play with my cat until about 6:45 and then start my day.

      If my hot flashes are particularly brutal, I may get up a couple of times in the night to drink some cold water or go to the restroom. We turn our AC to 70 at night and I sleep with a fan blowing right at me, so usually I am pretty chill by the morning. I find it helps me sleep much better when I am cool or cold.

      My sleep schedule from November 2019 (first irregular mammogram) through biopsies, surgeries and eventual return to work in March- well it was toast. I was up until usually 2:30- 3:00, slept for about 30 minutes until hubby went to work and then tried to sleep for a couple of hours. I was averaging 18-21 hours of sleep a WEEK between November and January. I upped it to about 24 hours a week between January and February with the help of Xanax. I was pretty sure I was going to lose my job because I was so stressed and ineffective. After surgery, between pain medication and being forced to stay home, I did good with 6-7 hours a night for the first couple of weeks and then my workmates started making me crazy and calling me every 30 minutes and saying they were "worried" because I slept "so much."

      Then just after I returned to work, the world shut down and COVID... well that got me off course again. I now only remote in on Fridays, so my schedule is pretty consistent.

      15 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The strangest things I had in the hospital was not sleeping much at all, then maybe sleeping 3 or 4 hours when the doctors are coming in.

      15 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      my sleep patterns are starting to change back more towards normal so that's a plus.

      10 days ago

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