Sleep Health in Young Women with Breast Cancer: A Mixed Methods Study

Youri Hwang, MSN, Yale University School of Nursing

Women under the age of 50 who are diagnosed with breast cancer often report stressors that are related to their stage of life, such as raising children, establishing their career, and changes in their body. Sleep problems are common symptoms that breast cancer survivors encounter, yet little is known about the sleep experience among younger women with breast cancer. The goal of this study is to better understand sleep experiences and what contributes to sleep disturbances in younger women with breast cancer. The results will help guide health professionals to develop more options for patients to improve their quality of sleep after a cancer diagnosis.

What does participation involve?

If you are eligible and agree to participate in this study, you will complete an online survey that will ask questions about your personal characteristics, your experience with breast cancer, your life stressors and how you’ve been coping, and your sleep. The survey will take up to 45 minutes to complete. If you cannot complete the survey in one sitting, you will have 2 weeks to return to the survey using the same device and your previous answers will be automatically saved.

If you elect to be contacted after you complete the online survey, the research team may email you to request an additional one-on-one interview. The interview could last up to one hour, and can be done over the phone, or through a web-based video platform (such as Zoom). The interviewer will ask questions to learn more about your breast cancer experience, your coping strategies, and your sleep. If you are selected and choose to participate in the interview, you will receive a $20 eGift card after completion.

Anywhere in the world