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Tips for Sleeping in the Hospital

It can be difficult to sleep when surrounded by the chaos of a hospital. Bring an eyemask to help shut your brain down and catch some shuteye.

As a cancer patient, you will spend a lot of time in the hospital. Treatment often makes people exhausted, and it can be hard to catch some shut eye in an unfamiliar place so many people don't even try. Get a bit rest while receiving chemo or staying at the hospital with these useful tips:

Bring an eye mask
Unless you are in a private room, you will not be able to turn the lights off. Light can seriously affect your ability to sleep. Bring darkness with you everywhere you go by carrying a sleep mask. These inexpensive items can turn a busy, chaotic hospital scene into a blank space in which you can rest. 

Try calming sounds
Hospitals are noisy. There are bustling nurses and busy doctors and often loud family members too. Don't let all that get to you. Download soothing sounds like falling rain or a trickling stream to your phone or tablet. When you want to sleep, just pop in your ear buds and the world will drop away.

Talk with your nurse
Your nurse may be able to quiet down especially loud people nearby or shut off that incessant beeping sound from down the hall. Nurses can't always adjust everything to your liking, but it doesn't hurt to ask!

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