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Many people find that their sleep is disrupted when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. This may continue during treatment and for some time after treatment has ended. In most cases sleep patterns will eventually return to normal.
Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) may be caused by a number of things.
When your treatment has ended you might continue to feel tired during the day. You may feel frustrated that your sleep pattern has not returned to normal immediately, or guilty that you can’t get straight back to the things you want to do. This is not unusual and it may take some time before your sleep pattern returns to normal.
Talking therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be useful and might help you change your patterns of thinking and behaviour. If you think counselling or CBT could help, talk to your GP or treatment team.
Some people find complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques help them to relax and sleep better. You can find more information about complementary therapies on our website.
Some people may be recommended a short course of sleeping tablets to help them sleep. You can talk to your GP or treatment team about this.
You may find it helpful to listen to a short audio guide on sleeping problems from the NHS choices website.
Find out more about sleep disruption and helpful tips on you can manage it in the How To Sleep guide.
You may also want to join our online Forum and talk to people who are in the same situation. You can also call us free on 0808 800 6000 to talk through your concerns.