Sleep and Cancer
Cancer is not just one disease, but a group of diseases characterized by abnormal cellular growth and division. Changing lifestyle can help decrease the chance of cancer – approximately half of the cancer deaths per year could be prevented. For example, male smokers are 23 times more likely to develop lung-cancer than non-smokers.
About Sleep and Cancer
The reasons for sleeping problems in cancer sufferers are not completely understood. There is certainly a relationship between pain, stress or worry, cancer-related fatigue (separate to fatigue from lack of sleep), and sleep problems.
Apart from solutions involving prescription drugs, cancer patients who were more active during the day had better sleep. There are also non-chemical, behavioral, approaches to improving sleep quality that have been proven to improve quality of life. Talk to your doctor about sleeping aids and better sleep hygiene.
American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2008. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2008.