Fatigue and insomnia (sleeping problems) are common during breast cancer treatment.
Although these side effects usually go away once treatment ends, some people may have fatigue and insomnia for a longer period of time .
Some ways to relieve fatigue and insomnia are discussed below.
However, if you feel overly tired or are having trouble sleeping talk with your health care provider. Together, you can find ways to reduce fatigue and insomnia that will work best for you.
Fatigue can make it hard to get back a normal routine after treatment ends. However, it’s important to try to get some activity every day.
Regular physical activity (even just walking every day) can help reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors [37,192-195].
Aerobic exercises (like walking or cycling) appear to be best for reducing fatigue, but exercises such as yoga can also help [193,195-197].
Getting a good night’s sleep is also important.
Some findings show these methods may help reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors [198-200]:
Although medications are often used to treat insomnia in people without breast cancer, only a few studies show they reduce insomnia related to breast cancer treatment .
These tips may help improve sleep and reduce insomnia [200-201]:
Some findings show these methods may also improve sleep for cancer survivors [201-206]:
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