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Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

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Kate21
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

Hi Ladies, I initially had problems sleeping after starting Letrozole but things settled down, so put it down to the worry of being diagnosed straight to stage 4. Still do have the odd bad night though and find a few things do help me, I don’t drink much caffeine but don’t have a cuppa after 4pm, did use This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and noticed that I tend to sleep well when I’ve had a good walk that day. That said, I’ve just started using a pillow spray by Neom which a friend said was better, and I think she’s right. I also take magnesium which if low can affect sleep, but you may want to get medical advice about that, my Onc doesn’t have a problem with supplements. The magnesium in a banana before bed is enough for some, even better if taken with milk I believe, but I didn’t try that as I tend to avoid dairy.

Lynn, I started Yoga almost a year ago and love it. It was a class for complete beginners and I haven’t said anything about my illness, one thing I would say, make sure you like the teacher, I didn’t realise how much difference it makes! I’d tried it a few years ago but soon lost interest, then a friend said about how she’d started a different class and now loves it so gave another go. Keep saying I must try a reflexology session too. 

 

Sleepless2013
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

I too have Been On letrozole for 5 plus years. And the sleepless nights are have are getting more and frequent. Must be on this at least 3 more years Dr says. I 've tried music , soothing lotions ,reading, boring news stories. Help any suggestions, any ideas?
Desi-2
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

Will do thanks again x
Lynnq
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

That's probably a good idea. I had a reflexology session which was very relaxing. I have been told that acupuncture is good for aiding sleep. I can have a complimentry session but it's almost an hour's drive to the centre so I just haven't taken it up....maybe when the weather improves.

I also would like to start yoga...which is also supposed to help......again it is a long drive for a weekly session. I could find a class closer I think, but wonder if the leader would have experience with my condition. I tell myself that I will go to the centre for a couple of sessions and then when I have a little knowledge I will see if I can attend a group nearer home.

Again, maybe when the weather improves....

I do hope that all goes well with your lung scan.....let me know what happens......
Desi-2
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

Hello Lynnq , thank you for your replay it's all very helpful, hopefully as you say it will get better. My children are grown up and only one at home now so that does make things easier. I do still work and am now waiting for a lung biopsy after a pet scan has shown some pick up, it was originally only in my rib so maybe it is affecting me more than I want to admit. My bcn has suggested a complimentry therapy which my hospital offers. I think I will give it a try. X
Lynnq
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

Hello Desi....I have been on Letrozole for about 14 months now. I retired just before I was diagnosed but used to be a shift worker so never been a good sleeper. I occasionally used sleeping tablets in the past but told myself I wouldn't use them after retirement. I decided that if I couldn't sleep it wouldn't matter so much because I didn't have to go to work in the morning. Thought I would just read more and watch things on my Ipad etc...
Then came my diagnosis.....closely followed by Secondary diagnosis.......like you I go to bed feeling tired and drowsy and then 'ping' I am wide awake and can't go off. I try to read etc. because if I don't then my mind wanders off into 'what if' and my imagination runs away with me.
The GP reluctantly gave me sleeping tablets again.......a months supply which i have had since November and still about half left so I do eke them out and use them sparingly.
Letrozole is holding the cancer and my tumour markers have fallen a lot over the last year......and also over the last few weeks I am finding that I am sleeping better....or should I say not having so many sleepless nights.......
I don't know if you work or perhaps have children to care for, which obviously would make a difference but for me - since letrozole is working it's magic. - i am able to put up with sleepless nights. As i have said they are not as frequent now so if it was the Letrozole then 'yes, in my case anyway, it does get better.......
Desi-2
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

Thank you x
bertie
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Re: Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

I have been on Letrozole 4 1/2 years now, not found sleeplessness a problem with Letrozole, I have had bouts of not being able to sleep but been caused by other things going on. Hopefully once out get used to it you will be able to sleep better, it has been a very successful drug for me keeping me stable during this time. Good luck and hope things settle for you xx

Desi-2
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Cannot sleep since been on letrozole

Since I have been on letrozole which is only 7 weeks I'm struggling to sleep some Nights I cannot sleep at all no matter how tired I am my bcn is putting it down to anxiety but I don't feel this is the reason as I do feel relaxed ready to drop off then zing!! I'm awake again my GP gave me some sleeping pills but said not to use for more than 2or3 nights or they will stop working ! Is his a common problem or just me 😞