I wrote about my chronic insomnia about three months ago on Insomnia and Cancer.. and how I tried to tackle this problem as I was near the end of my tether at that stage. I was starting to display symptoms of exhaustion such as blurring of vision. Needless to say that I was beginning to assume that I was developing brain mets. That was my impetus to try and be proactive about it and develop a plan to improve my sleep pattern.
The changes I undertook were to adopt some sleep hygiene practices, manage my chronic pain and night flushes as discussed in the post above. I am happy to report that I am now getting approximately seven hours sleep a night which is a bonus for me! most importantly no more blurring of vision!
The American Sleep Association gives a comprehensive overview of our sleep cycles plus how our Circadian Rhythm affects our sleep. Apparently there are five stages of sleep with four or five cycles of each stage a night . Understanding our sleep patterns and taking measures to improve any known causes that may hamper sleep may help to get that sometimes elusive good night’s sleep.
If anyone has any other suggestions I would love to hear them!