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Do you often find yourself tossing and turning in bed, unable to fall asleep due to stress or anxiety? If so, you're not alone and after a cancer diagnosis, sleep issues are very common, which can affect both our physical and mental well-being. If you're seeking a natural and effective way to improve your sleep and relieve stress/tension, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) might be the solution for you.
PMR is a technique that involves tensing and then relaxing muscle groups throughout the body to reduce physical tension and promote overall relaxation. As your body relaxes, your mind follows suit, making it easier to drift into a peaceful slumber. PMR also cultivates body awareness; this heightened awareness can help you identify and address areas of physical tension that you may have not been aware of, allowing you to release pent-up stress that may be interfering with sleep. With that said, it has been found that PMR can be a valuable tool for reducing stress, anxiety, and improving sleep quality.
Below are a few simple steps on how to practice PMR. We recommend practicing it a couple times during the day, so that you have a better understanding of how it works before trying it at bedtime to help with sleep.
Please note that the information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. It is essential to consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified professional before making any healthcare decisions or taking any actions based on the information presented here.