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 is common during breast cancer treatment and can continue after treatment ends . It can cause distress and impact quality of life . After treatment, fatigue can make it hard to get back to a normal routine.
Although it can be hard, try to get some activity every day.
You may want to ask someone to be your walking partner. Family and friends often want to help, but don't know how. This may be a way friends and family can help you.
Regular physical activity (even just walking every day) can help reduce fatigue in people with breast cancer, during and after treatment [22-24,31,37,105,232-235].
Aerobic exercises (like walking or cycling) appear to be best for reducing fatigue, but exercises such as yoga can also help [233,236-238].
Getting a good night’s sleep is also important.
Some findings show these methods may help reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors [239-243]:
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 [24,240]:
Some findings show these methods may also improve sleep for cancer survivors [24,244-251]:
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