World Cancer Day – Sleep well, sleep wicked.
Sunday was World Cancer Day. Celebrated globally, ‘it aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.’ We write annually to help raise awareness and to help promote a little known fact – sleeping can help with cancer prevention, in addition to the restorative benefits of sleeping comfortably after a diagnosis.
Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to many of the most common cancers in the United States. Colorectal, Prostate and even Breast Cancer studies link sleep disturbance as potential risk factors. Adults should be sleeping at least 7 to 8 restful hours per night to recharge the body and allow your brain time to revive and recover.
Chronic internet use, illness, medical problems, and day to day stress may be robbing you of restful opportunities. Sleep is vital for normal immunity and decreasing inflammation. Continued lack of sleep can lead to change in your immune system even at a cellular level. Your ability to fight off disease maybe weakened. Last year, we had a guest blog on just that topic – sleeping to prevent cancer.
Check out World Cancer Day’s video on how you can personally make an impact every day.