Julia Bradbury has revealed that she experienced her first full night’s sleep since being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 51-year-old TV presenter took to Instagram on Friday to share a radiant selfie of herself buried under the covers with a ‘Bonjour’ sticker.
Describing the help she got from the reflexologist, she wrote in her caption: ‘Morning all. Last night was my first full night’s sleep since my diagnosis. No awakening at midnight. Shout out. Have a nice day people.
Radiant: Julia Bradbury has revealed she experienced her first full night’s sleep since being diagnosed with breast cancer, which she announced in October
‘It’s all about the little whiffs of the ‘good’. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
‘#FridayFeeling Well in this instance for struggling with sleep I asked Rupert, a wonderful reflexologist, to focus on my sleep (lots of big toe work!)—and voila.
‘I also use peppermint CBD oil in between by @dreem_distillery and always follow the sleep rule: don’t eat too late. In the evening, turn off all the main lights in your house or turn it flat.
‘If you don’t have dimmers, turn off the lights and use low-light lamps. Turn off Screen Time at least 2 hours before bedtime.
Combat: Julia posted a topless photo of herself in October, saying she was going for one last walk with her body in place before her mastectomy
‘I don’t include TV because I sometimes watch things to relax and be entertained, but I do turn down the lighting of the room and lower the television screen. I don’t even watch violent action/thriller type shows!
‘Go to bed at the same time every night. Make sure you go out for at least an hour during the day, even if it’s a gray day. Helps set your body’s circadian rhythm.
‘Read a few pages of a calming book so you can shake your head. Use individual essential oils on your pulse points. Don’t exercise late at night, but some longer lasting yoga poses like child’s pose can help.
Avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime. There are loads of herbal night time drinks and teas out there now. Keep your phone out of the bedroom or on airplane mode.
Excited: Describing the help she got from a reflexologist, she wrote in her caption: ‘Morning all. Last night was my first full night’s sleep since my diagnosis
‘Think to yourself how lucky you are to be in a warm comfy bed with your toes tucked into your sheets. #sleep #insomnia #routine #sleep
Julia shared a photo of her digital mammogram on Instagram on Thursday after a ‘brutal’ mastectomy for breast cancer.
The Countryfile host shared a long caption with a picture of her breast on the hospital monitor, detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has.
Adding to the excitement, she jokingly told her fans: ‘Here is my boob shot for Instagram!… you can tell your partner/grandfather/brother/sister that you have seen my boob now.’
Keeping her fans updated: Julia shared a photo of her digital mammogram on Instagram on Thursday as she battles breast cancer
Explaining the importance of breast density to her followers, Julia said: ‘Women with dense breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer than those with fatty breasts. The medical world isn’t sure why.
‘This increased risk is distinct from the effect of dense breasts on the ability to read mammograms.
‘Dense breast tissue can make mammograms more difficult to interpret because both cancer and dense breast tissue appear white on the image. Digital mammograms allow for more detailed analysis, so mammograms are still an effective screening tool.
The Scan: The Countryfile host shared a photo of her breast on a hospital monitor along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has.
‘My breasts are described as asymmetrically dense. 40% of women fall into this category, which is described as “a few scattered areas of density, but most of the breast tissue is …