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BCNA News 06 Jun 2016

New breast cancer and sleep fact sheet

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has developed a new fact sheet, Sleepless nights: breast cancer and sleep. The fact sheet provides information for people affected by breast cancer who may be having trouble sleeping.

Many people find it hard to sleep at different points in their lives. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, the stress and shock of your diagnosis, as well as some of the breast cancer treatments, can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or can leave you feeling tired when you wake up in the morning or throughout the day.

I remember the nights not being able to sleep. It’s like your brain turns on and you start to think too much. – Lyn

BCNA’s new Sleepless nights: breast cancer and sleep fact sheet includes:

  • information to help you understand the different stages of sleep
  • tips and strategies to get a better night’s sleep
  • relaxation techniques that may help to reduce stress
  • links to useful resources and support services relating to sleep.

The fact sheet also provides information to help you decide when it might be time to get professional advice from a GP, sleep specialist, sleep centre, counsellor or psychologist.

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