A New Study Links Sleep Habits to The Risk of Developing Cancer and Other Health Concerns
A new study from researchers at Bangkok University shows that our sleep habits can have a profound impact on our risk of developing cancer and other significant health problems. The team of researchers conducted an analysis of more than 45,000 individuals, finding that those with poor sleeping patterns had a greater risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer.
Sleep Habits and Cancer Risk
The team of researchers found that those with poor sleep patterns had a greater risk of developing cancer in particular. Those who slept less than six hours per night, or more than nine hours per night, were found to have an increased risk of cancer progression and mortality. Additionally, those who reported often experiencing insomnia or difficulty falling asleep had a greater risk of developing cancer over the twelve-year study period.
Maintaining Healthy Sleep Habits
The team suggests that following healthy sleep patterns is an important factor in reducing the risk of developing serious health conditions. Tips for creating healthy sleep habits include:
- Establishing a consistent bedtime routine such as limiting activities in the bedroom to sleep-related activities. This helps to form strong associations between the bedroom and sleep.:
- Reducing computer and television use near bedtime, as the bright light of screens can interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm.
- Associating the bedroom with relaxation by creating a calming environment. For example, a comfortable bed, proper temperature and low light levels can all help to induce a sense of relaxation.
- Exercising regularly during the day can help regulate hormones that control the sleep-wake cycle.
- Limiting meals and caffeine too close to bedtime, as this can interfere with sleep.
This study highlights the importance of healthy sleep habits in reducing the risk of developing serious health concerns such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Adopting healthy sleep habits can help keep the body’s circadian rhythm in balance and provide overall better health.
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