Coping with Sleeping Problems: Hypersomnia, Somnolence Syndrome & Nightmares in Childhood Cancer
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Cancer and Cancer Treatment can cause a variety of sleeping problems such as Hypersomnia, Somnolence Syndrome, Nightmares, and Insomnia.
Other factors that can also cause these sleeping problems include emotional concerns or medical conditions unrelated to cancer.
We will discuss Hypersomnia, Somnolence Syndrome & Nightmares in this article and will deal with Insomnia on a separate Page.
- Hypersomnia – Hypersomnia causes one to feel very sleepy during the day or want to sleep for longer than normal at night. Hypersomnia may also be called somnolence, excessive daytime sleepiness, or prolonged drowsiness.
- Somnolence Syndrome – Somnolence syndrome is a type of hypersomnia in Children with Cancer that is specifically associated With Radiation Therapy to the head.
- Nightmares – Nightmares are vivid, frightening dreams which normally cause one to wake up and remember part or most of the dream. Most people have nightmares from time to time, but the frequency or vividness of nightmares can increase after a cancer diagnosis and during cancer treatment. Frequent nightmares can lead to a fear of going to sleep, restless sleep, and daytime sleepiness.
Hypersomnia is similar to fatigue, but they are not the same. Fatigue is when one is feeling exhausted and has no energy, and the feeling is not relieved by sleep. Excessive daytime sleeping and being unable to stay awake are not signs of fatigue, but may be signs of Hypersomnia.
An increase in emotional stress is a common cause of nightmares. Because having cancer is frightening and stressful, especially for children, it is normal for them to experience some nightmares during treatment and recovery.
Nightmares may be a way in which the mind works through unresolved feelings and fears.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Sleeping Problems on our static page, Sleeping Problems: Hypersomnia, Somnolence Syndrome & Nightmares in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 15 July, 2016, in Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Hypersomnia, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Nightmares, side effects, Sleeping Problems, Somnolence Syndrome. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.