Julia Bradbury has revealed she has experienced her first full night of sleep since being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The TV presenter, 51, took to Instagram on Friday to share a radiant selfie of herself buried beneath the covers, along with a ‘Bonjour’ sticker.
Gushing about the help she received from a reflexologist, she penned in her caption: ‘Morning all. Had my first full night of sleep last night, since my diagnosis. No middle of the night wake-up. Whoop whoop. Have a good day folks.
Radiant: Julia Bradbury has revealed she has experienced her first full night of sleep since being diagnosed with breast cancer, which she announced in October
‘It’s all about the little chinks of ‘good’. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
‘#FridayFeeling By the way for this struggling with sleep in this instance I asked Rupert, an amazing reflexologist, to concentrate on my sleep (lots of big toe work!) – and voila.
‘I also intermittently use peppermint CBD oil by @dreem_distillery and always follow the sleep rules: Don’t eat too late. Turn all the main lights in your house or flat down in the evening.
‘If you don’t have dimmers switch the lights off and use a low- light lamp. Stop screen time at least 2 hours before bed.
Coping: Julia posted a topless picture of herself in October while saying she was going for one last walk with her body before her mastectomy
‘I don’t include TV because I sometimes watch things to relax and amuse me, but i dim the room lights and dim the television screen. I also don’t watch violent action/ thriller type programs!
‘Go to bed at the same time every night. During the day make sure you get at least an hour outside even if it’s a grey day. Helps set your body’s circadian rhythm.
‘Read a few pages of a calming book to help you nod off. Use personalised essential oils on your pulse points. Don’t exercise late at night, but some long stretching yoga moves like child’s pose can help.
‘Avoid caffeine for at least 4 hours before bedtime. There are loads of herbal night-time drinks and teas out now. Keep your phone out of the bedroom or on airplane mode.
Excited: Gushing about the help she received from a reflexologist, she penned in her caption: ‘Morning all. Had my first full night of sleep last night, since my diagnosis’
‘Think to yourself how lucky you are to be in a warm cosy bed and wriggle your toes against your sheets. #sleep #insomnia #routine #sleephhygiene.’
Julia shared a picture of her digital mammogram to Instagram on Thursday after ‘brutal’ mastectomy for breast cancer.
The Countryfile host shared a photograph of her boob on the hospital monitor along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has.
Keeping in high spirits, she joked to her fans: ‘Here’s my boob shot for Instagram!… You can tell your partner/granddad/brother/sister you’ve seen my boob now.’
Keeping her fans updated: Julia shared a picture of her digital mammogram to Instagram on Thursday as she continues to battle breast cancer
Explaining to her followers the significance of breast density, Julia said: ‘Women with dense breasts do have a higher risk of breast cancer than those with fatty breasts. The medical world isn’t certain why.
‘This increased risk is separate from the effect of dense breasts, on the ability to read a mammogram.
‘Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to interpret a mammogram because cancer and the dense breast tissue both appear white on the image. Digital mammograms do allow for a more detailed analysis, so mammograms are still an effective screening tool.
Scan: The TV presenter, 51, shared a photograph of her boob on the hospital monitor along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has
‘My breasts are described as Heterogeneously dense. 40% of women fall into this category, which is described as “some scattered areas of density but the majority of the breast tissue is non-dense”.’
She continued: ‘To give yourself the best chance of catching breast cancer early & having successful treatment don’t rely on routine screening.’
‘Stay breast aware, know what your breasts look & feel like normally, & be on the lookout for unusual changes.’
‘I’m reminded constantly to take care of the four pillars of health: reduce stress levels (mindfulness or meditation), stay physically active (exercise at least 4 times a week), stay socially connected & engaged, eat a healthy, balanced diet (real, whole food, not processed packaged food).’
‘Don’t rely on routine screening’: Alongside the scan, Julia warned her fans to be ‘boob aware’ and check their breasts regularly themselves in order to catch cancer early
The advice comes after Julia posted a topless picture of herself last month saying she was going for one last walk with her body before her mastectomy.
‘Goodbye left boob’ she wrote in the caption while she cupped her breast and while wearing gym leggings.
She had previously taken to Instagram to share the news she was out of surgery but is yet to hear if the cancer has spread.
She is hoping she will be able to carry on with her new life as normal even after the operation.
Despite trying to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a sombre looking selfie with tears in her eyes.
She wrote in the caption: ‘I want to share this photo, because it doesn’t matter how much support you have, how much love, or even if you have a clear path of treatment for your breast cancer… sometimes you just feel overwhelmingly sad.
‘(There are 100 million folks around the world with cancer) I cry when I read a kind message sometimes, or if I think about the reality of my mastectomy, or this morning, when I couldn’t hug my children before school, because I’m self isolating.
‘And that’s OK. We’re allowed to be sad, and there are some amazing support groups & charities there to help us.
‘Check yourself, look after your body, be aware… and have a cry if you need to ❤️’
‘Sometimes you just feel overwhelmingly sad’: Despite trying to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a sombre looking selfie with tears in her eyes