Symptom and description
A good night's sleep is important for your functioning and well-being. Too much sleep can be a problem. One side effect of cancer and cancer treatment is sleeping too much. This is called hypersomnia, meaning "too much sleep.''
Hypersomnia is a problem in staying awake when you want to and try to. You may sleep ten hours at night and still be unable to stay awake during the day. Hypersomnia is different from fatigue. Fatigue is the feeling of being tired, but you are able to stay awake if you try. You may have hypersomnia when you are sleeping more than ten hours at night or when you are unable to keep from falling asleep during the day after a full night of sleep. The most common causes of hypersomnia are your treatment or your mood.
You will need to learn the symptoms of hypersomnia, how to describe them, and when to report them to your doctor. During a three-week period, you may notice the following symptoms:
This sleep problem is hard to prevent if it is due to your treatment.
If your sleep problem is due to your treatment, then your doctor may want to prescribe medication to help you stay awake. If your sleep problem is due to sadness or personal problems, your doctor may either prescribe medicine or refer you to a counselor.