April 25, 2011

Chronic insomnia

This not-sleeping business is for the birds. I get into bed around 11:30 PM and invariably fall asleep around 2:30 AM. How do I know this? It's the last time I look at the clock until 5:30 or 6 when Rik and Bobka the dog get up. Then I wake up again once an hour, every hour, until I give up and get out of bed around 9 AM.

Is it due to chemo? I have no answer for this one, but I haven't had treatment since April 11.

Is it due to tapering off the sertaline (anti-depressant)? I've only got a week more until I am off it completely, so we'll see what happens next week.

Is it due to not enough exercise? Even when I take the dog on a really long walk for 20 blocks, I still have trouble falling asleep at night.

Is it due to napping in the afternoon? Well, this is a no-brainer. But if I don't sleep at night, and I'm tired during the day plus fatigued from chemo, a nap seems inevitable.

Just grousing here -- I don't really want advice. But I am tired of being tired.


  1. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Not advice just an observation: I sometimes think that chemo can change our bodies in ways that we can't imagine. That is, until something happens that only having had chemo can explain.
    - Betty Johanna

  2. Hi Jill,

    I found your blog through Donna Peach's blog. I don't think I slept for months after chemo. No advice, just commiseration!

    You're in my home town as well.

    Sending some California sunshine,

    Elizabeth Danu

  3. Hi Jill, As another who has difficulty sleeping, I can relate. I often wake up during the night and my mind starts racing. Falling back to sleep can be next to impossible. I say sleep whenever you can, day or night. Cancer screws up everything, including sleep.