Nonpharmacologic approach to sleep disorders

J. Keith Mansel, Elise Carey

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Sleep disturbances are common in patients with cancer, occurring throughout the disease trajectory and sometimes well after treatment has concluded. Insomnia often does not occur in isolation; it may be associated with pain, fatigue, depression, and medication usage. Screening for sleep disturbances is an essential part of caring for oncologic patients. The criterion standard for nonpharmacologic treatment of insomnia in these patients is cognitive-behavioral therapy, a multimodal approach using sleep hygiene and education, stimulus control, sleep restriction, and relaxation. Exercise and complementary and integrative medicine have been studied with varying results, and no firm recommendation can be made about their efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-351
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Journal (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Cancer patients
  • Nonpharmacologic approaches
  • Screening
  • Sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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