Chapter 3: Symptoms and health concerns

Sleep disturbance – What is it and what may cause it

One of the toughest things was when she couldn’t sleep. I think it was when her breathing wasn’t so good. She’d be up in the night, then I’d get up, and we’d both be exhausted. This went on for weeks at a time. It was really hard at the time, when I think back.

Sleep disturbance is any change in the way a person normally sleeps. Poor sleep can affect a person’s well being and overall quality of life. Despite this, it is often overlooked and under treated. Click below to read some of the things sleep disturbance It might include.

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Waking up early in the morning
  • Not feeling refreshed in the morning
  • Feeling sleepy during the day

There are many things involved in getting a good sleep, including physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental considerations. People with serious illness experience disturbed sleep for many different reasons. Click the arrows below to see some of these.