My mom's Dr. gave her some sleep meds to help her get to sleep and get rest. It worked for her. have you asked your Dr. about that? It could help you.
Good luck, hope you get rested.
restless nights for almost 8 months and not able to catch up on sleep during the day...feeling terribly fatigued.
Are you on any type of hormone treatment? With or without it the hysterectomy would have significantly affected your estrogen levels which can make it difficult to sleep well. I take an aromatase inhibitor which interferes with the quality of my sleep (hot flashes, frequent urination, weird dreams, etc.)
After months of not sleeping well I asked for sleeping pills.(ambien). I hope it won't be long term, but I really really needed sleep. Sleep deprivation was affecting too many areas of my life. I was fatigued, of course, but also very emotional and weepy. the pills have helped alot.
I would imagine there are a great many that have been adversely affected in the sleep department. Whether it's the overall stress of the disease for either patient or caregiver, steroids (grrrrr), bone pain, night sweats, irregular urine/bowel issues, medicinal, physical discomfort from surgery, or your internal clock has gone haywire, I can vouch for all of the above.
Currently, with my 21 day chemo plan, I can only sleep for about 2 hours at a time during the first 14 days. I then have about a week of sleep overdose (I sleep from the time I get home from work till the next morning) before starting over.
I do take a Benedryl at night to help with allergies and sleep.