15 Apr The Benefits of Sleep for Mesothelioma Patients
Because of how aggressive the spread of mesothelioma can be, it is vital for patients to supplement their primary treatments as well as they can in order to get better results for the future. One of the most powerful ways that individuals can achieve such results is by looking into lifestyle changes that can encourage improving energy levels and reducing fatigue symptoms. As such, targeting sleep patterns to improve the patient’s restfulness can result in more energy throughout the day. There are many other benefits for patients who are able to recover from sleeping issues, and planning accordingly can improve the recovery process.
Studies show that individuals who get more sleep are more positive throughout the day. When it comes to the cancer recovery process, this is especially important because the way the patient feels about their recovery can have a tremendous effect on its length and quality. Patients who do not feel positive about their future will not be able to combat their cancer as efficiently as those who do. Because sleeping can have such a positive effect on the individual’s mood, it is strongly recommended for patients to get better quality sleep in order to feel better about their primary treatments.
It should come as no surprise that individuals simply feel more energetic after they get more rest. When the body sleeps, it recharges, and the cells have the opportunity to perform necessary maintenance in order to optimize the body’s recovery processes. Patients feel as though they have more energy because the body takes more time to improve cellular activity. Sluggishness and feelings of fatigue can be prevalent throughout the recovery process, and it is important for patients to get as much rest as they can in order to combat these feelings to improve the recovery.
Studies show that individuals who get their recommended amount of rest can look forward to better pain management benefits. Because sleeping can help curb inflammation, individuals may not feel as much pain through the recovery process. Side effects of the cancer itself can include aches and pains throughout the day, but the chemotherapy process can also take a serious toll on the individual. When combined with staying bedridden and unable to move for extended periods of time, patients need all the help they can get when it comes to managing pain.
Those who feel as though they have a hard time falling asleep should be sure to change up their habits in order to have an easier time. Staying away from computer screens and other electronic devices for at least an hour before going to bed can help individuals feel less hyperactive before they go to bed. Individuals can also look forward to better rest if they avoid eating before bed and read a book to further exhaust their eyes. Those who consistently struggle with sleeping issues may need to speak with a medical professional to see what they can do to improve sleeping habits.
Article contributed by Virgil Anderson.
Virgil Anderson was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Virgil’s exposure came from doing building renovations since high school.
When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma he needed immediate medical attention. He found a few websites on the internet that are supposed to help people with mesothelioma cancer but nobody got back to him.
Then he found Mesothelioma.net. Even though he contacted them on a Sunday one of their patient advocates gave him a call back within minutes. They gave him a great deal of helpful information on doctors and resources available to him.
As a result of their website, he is now being treated at the national cancer institute and the patient advocates have even provided him with financial assistance so he could afford a place to live during his chemotherapy. If he had not reached out to this website he would likely be homeless and more importantly in Hospice waiting to die. These people gave him his only chance at survival.
Today, Virgil feels blessed to be able to spend time with his family and share his story with other people living with mesothelioma. While he has been through a lot and is still challenged by physical pain and limitations after having a lung removed, he sees every day as a gift. He hopes his story brings resilience and positivity to people living with mesothelioma while informing them of all the different options for post-treatment therapy.