Sleep disturbance is something that can affect us all from time to time– it impacts on quality of life and how well we can manage everyday life as well as our motivation to engage in activity routines and healthy food choices. For people who have had cancer treatment, it is not uncommon to experience sleep disturbance and can cause significant distress. The best selling book by Matthew Walker (Why We Sleep)
leaves us in no doubt that sleep is a key component in achieving good health. One of the questions he ask is why it is we set an alarm
to wake but don’t set an alarm to sleep?
The SCPN have researched a few commonly used sleep apps that claim to help improve your sleep habits. These applications allow you make sleep goals as well as helping you to create and manage healthier sleeping patterns. However, they won’t work for everyone and recently questions have been raised about the validity of such applications. If you are struggling with sleep why not try some of these out for yourself? It’s also important to stick to a routine sleep schedule, avoid caffeine, alcohol and screen time before bed and if you’re really struggling with severe sleep deprivation seek professional medical advice.