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Multiple Myeloma Therapy- Sleep Quality over Quantity

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“Specifically, sleep disturbance is intensified for individuals living with multiple myeloma when physical symptom burden is accompanied by distress.”

Some the most common lifestyle therapies can be useful therapy for multiple myeloma (MM) patients and survivors. The articles linked below cite that sleep (SLE) is difficult during therapy and lack of restful sleep may worsen your MM. As a multiple myeloma therapy, sleep quality is more important than quantity according to research.

Like diet and exercise before, during and after cancer therapy, your sleep can make a substantial impact on your health both mentally and physically.

I am a long-term multiple myeloma survivor. While I haven’t slept for eight (8) hours continuously for the past 20 years or so, I am in bed for 8 hours a night and I make sure that the sleep I do get, 3-4 hours at a stretch, is restful. Further,  I have made a science out of power naps during my day.

Irritable or Overactive bladder is a long-term side effect caused by cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) that causes a feeling of “urination urgency.” My IB or OAB makes me wake up every 3-4 hours at night.

So how do I make sure my 3-4 hour stints as restful as possible? The studies linked and excerpted below outline non-toxic therapies to help me sleep.

Ed.Note- I have to add another sleep therapy. A few months ago I bought a white noise machine. Soft, multiple noises, (rain, sea surf, jungle sounds, etc.) and the thing really does help me sleep! I fall asleep faster when I wake to hit the head too.

For more information about myeloma therapies to help you manage your incurable blood cancer, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Multiple Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director Galen Foundation

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Sleep Disturbance Among Individuals with Multiple Myeloma: The Interplay between Physical and Psychosocial Symptoms

“SLE disturbance is a common symptom in MM, and has been linked to both physical symptoms and psychological issues, including fatigue, mood disturbance, and decreased physical function. We test our hypothesis that the interaction between physical and psychosocial health is associated with SLE disturbance in a national sample of MM patients…

That is, the degree to which MM symptom burden is linked to SLE disturbance depends on psychological distress. Specifically, SLE disturbance is intensified for individuals living with MM when physical symptom burden is accompanied by distress. Overall, our results point to the important interplay of physical and psychological health for SLE…”

How Melatonin Can Help You Sleep and Feel Better

“Roughly 50–70 million Americans are affected by poor sleep. In fact, according to some studies, up to 30% of adults in the United States report that they sleep for less than 6 hours each night. (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source).

Although it’s a common problem, poor sleep can have severe consequences.

Poor sleep can deplete your energy, lower your productivity, and increase the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes (1Trusted Source).

Melatonin is a hormone that tells your body when it’s time to head to bed. It’s also become a popular supplement among people struggling to fall asleep…

Safety and side effects

Current evidence suggests that melatonin supplements are safe, nontoxic, and not addictive (34Trusted Source, 35).

That being said, some people may experience mild side effects, such as:

  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • nausea

Melatonin may also interact with a variety of medications. These include (36, 37, 38Trusted Source, 39Trusted Source, 40Trusted Source, 41Trusted Source, 42, 43):

  • sleep aids or sedatives
  • blood thinners
  • anticonvulsants
  • blood pressure medication
  • antidepressants
  • oral contraceptives
  • diabetes medications
  • immunosuppressants

How Cat Naps Affect Your Mood And Memory

“The length of the nap is very important in determining its subsequent effect on alertness and cognitive functioning…The benefits of a brief nap (up to 20 minutes) emerge almost immediately following the nap and can last up to three hours…”

Sleep,cancer and cancer treatment:Understanding the link

Studies show that almost 80% of cancer patients will complain about disturbed SLE during their cancer journeys. Cancer and cancer therapies have side effects that impair good quality SLE, leading to insomnia,daytime sleepiness and fatigue. Sleep affects immune function,and a lack of SLE may put patients undergoing cancer therapy at greater risk of infections…”

Can Disrupted Sleep Make Your Cancer Worse?

“We know that disturbed sleep can result in lowered alertness the next day. A recent study suggests more serious repercussions for cancer patients….”

SlE as cancer therapy- 8 Natural Remedies That May Help You Sleep

Everyone should get about 8 hours of SLE each night.  This is difficult for people without cancer and extremely difficult for those of us with cancer.  The article below provide 8 natural ways to get a better SLE…”

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Jackie Speth says 6 years ago

Hi Dave. I have been living with breast cancer for 6 years and recent testing showed metasisism. I have been using alternative therapies only. Now my doctor is really pushing the mainstream medical approach. Can I talk to you about a strategy I can implement moving forward.

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Jackie-

    I am sorry to learn about your BC that has metastasized. While I believe that conventional oncology is limited, I do believe that BC patients must learn about and consider conventional therapies as well as integrative and complementary therapies.

    I am not saying that you have to undergo every therapy that I talk about. I am saying that you should consider a mix of therapies in order to make your cancer manageable aka chronic. Integral to this approach is integrative therapies such as curcumin that may enhance the efficacy of a specific chemo regimen while reducing its toxicity.

    My thinking is to research the areas below based on your type and stage of cancer.

    1.Anti-Breast Cancer Supplementation
    2.Nutrition and Breast Cancer
    3.Financial Issues
    4.Integrative Breast Cancer Therapies
    5.Evidence-based Non-Conventional Cancer Therapies
    6.Bone Health- both conventional and evidence-based non-conventional
    7. Mind-Body Therapies
    8.Therapy-Induced Short, Long-term and Late Stage Side Effects

    I will link examples of two conventional therapies for hone management below-

    HIFU Therapy for mets-

    Bisphosphonates and BC

    Let me know what you think.


    David Emerson

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