• Does having not enough sleep at night have an effect on my cancer?

    Asked by slotelsini on Friday, November 4, 2011

    Does having not enough sleep at night have an effect on my cancer?

    My husband and I found a newspaper route and it need to be done by 7 am. I really need to do this to help my family.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • kimjx6's Avatar

      I'm not a doctor but you need your sleep. If you push your body too hard, your blood counts will decrease (someone tell me if i'm wrong) and you can open yourself up to infection, which is no good. Do NOT push yourself. My own experience...i went back to work for a month and thought i was fine and in reality i wasn't. I thought i was getting enough sleep but at the end of the month i was SO EXHAUSTED and my body was so frail and weak that I ended up back in the hospital. So just don't overdo it. Be well.

      almost 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      You do need to get your rest but it doesn't have to be all at one time!

      I am a very active person with sports, work, volunteering, and spending time with friends. I know I needed my rest so I arranged my schedule by including naps during my day. I did work through my treatment but I was able to close my eyes for a few minutes at lunch. I also made sure I had time for a nap after work before heading out for the evening. Weekends I spent a lot of time relaxing and napping.

      I think as long as you build in naps and rest into your schedule, and most importantly, listen to your body, there is no harden rule of enough sleep per evening.

      almost 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      my approach is similar to carollhrn.... i'm active - i work - i rest when i need to.

      my docs all said DO NOT STOP EXERCISING! you will have fewer side effects and improve your outcome by exercising... they told me. so, i exercise every day, even on those super tired days. i will push my self to get some exercise no matter what. and you know what? i'm suffering far fewer side effects than i expected too... and i nearly always feel better after moving...

      oh yeah, and exercise helps with sleep!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Gibby's Avatar

      I don't know because I'm not a Dr.. But I can say that you need your rest. There are many way's to get it. I had sleeping problems during Chemo advised my Dr. and he wrote Rx for a sleeping aide worked for me.

      about 4 years ago

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