Before I was diagnosed with colon cancer in August of last year, a normal night of sleep for me was typically 5 – 6 hours. And rarely did I need the aid of an alarm clock to get me up … between 4 and 5AM I would just wake up.
A beloved sister with concern about my well-being and health told me that I needed to be getting 8 hours of sleep a night. So the next time, I went to the family physician I shared with him how much sleep I was getting and what my friend had said.
“Are you tired?”, he asked.
“No”, I responded.
“Then you’re getting enough sleep”, he stated matter of factly.
But since my cancer diagnosis and probably more importantly my chemotherapy treatments began, my body demands 8-9 hours of sleep each and every night … some time a bit more during chemo.
Of course, that’s only natural since the #1 side effect of chemo, contrary to popular belief, is fatigue not nausea.
So first, for all my healthy friends out there, how many hours of sleep do you need each night?
And for all my cancer surviving friends (or via proxy by your caregivers) out there, how many hours of sleep each night do you need?
What kind of tricks have you learned that help you sleep all night? Foods, beverages, before bedtime practices … even OTC solutions?
Would love to hear from you!!!
Hope you have a good night of sleep tonight.