What is it?

People who are nearing the end of their lives may have difficulty sleeping. There are many reasons why sleep disturbances occur. They can be symptoms of advancing disease. People may also have trouble sleeping due to pain, depression, anxiety or the emotional weight of their disease.

Sleep disturbances can add to the disease’s burden. But many patients don’t talk about their sleep issues. The palliative care team can support people with sleep disturbances. Medications and other treatment options can help manage and improve the quality of sleep.

Treating sleep disturbances will help improve the quality of life of people living with a terminal disease.