With all this tiredness and discomfort of different sorts, doing chemo, my sleeping is even more erratic than usual. Doesn’t matter as much since I don’t have any commitments that require focus and alertness right now :).
But even if being awake during the night doesn’t really matter in regards to my day-energy, it’s never pleasant. I’m sure you agree, if you’re one of those “light sleepers”.
Having practiced and also taught Mindfulness and Meditation for many years, this is one of those times that I try to find, if not sleep, at least some relaxation and a more pleasant state while laying awake. And many times i do fall back to sleep, at least for a while.
Mindfulness, originates in Buddhism and is about being present in the moment (to put it briefly) no matter what your moment is, and goes much deeper than what I suggest here but why not use what we can to maybe find more peace.
So what I suggest here is, in some ways, a bit westernised, being that we have a goal of relaxation and hopefully better sleep.
Body scanning is a way of taking you, with your mind, through your body, piece by piece. It’s about developing a sense of being more present to your physical self.
This many times will help you in handling pain or other physical discomforts, be able to relax more and hopefully sleep better.