The Sleep-chest Cancer Connection

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In your lifetime, you have a one in eight chance of developing invasive chest cancer.
In fact, this year, over 252,000 new cases of invasive chest cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with another 63,000 plus new cases of non-invasive chest cancer.
This means that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be cancers of the chest.
And, of these women, over 40,000 are expected to die in 2017 from chest cancer, making it the most deadly cancer for women just after lung cancer.
Even scarier is the fact that after you go through all of the surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy to become cancer-free, the five-year survival rate can still be as low as 22% depending on the stage of the cancer.
So, it’s vital that you look beyond drug therapy and doctor’s visits alone to increase your chances of recovery and avoiding cancer.
And, one of the secrets to living longer following chest cancer may just surprise you.
A surprising way to survive after chest cancer
We all know that getting adequate sleep each night not only helps us focus better, it also boosts our immune systems, protects us from infection and even lowers our risk of heart attack.
But, is there such a thing as too much sleep?
When it comes to living longer following chest cancer, it looks like the answer is YES!
In fact, new research is revealing a startling link between the amount of sleep you get and your post-cancer life expectancy.
And, the results are probably not what you think.
According to the study performed at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, women with chest cancer who sleep at least nine hours a night may be more likely to die from their tumors than patients who get just eight hours of rest.
Compared to women sleeping eight hours a night, women who slept at least nine hours were 46 percent more likely to die of chest cancer, the study found. And, after up to 30 years of follow-up, the women who got too much sleep were also 34 percent more likely to die of other causes than the women who slept less.
But, too much sleep may not be the only problem.
Women who experienced sleep difficulties, like struggling to fall or stay asleep were also 49 percent more likely to die from all causes than women who rarely or never had these issues.
How much is enough?
Based on the data from this new study, it’s clear that both too much sleep along with other sleep problems could have a significant negative impact on your chance of surviving chest cancer and possibly other cancers as well.
And, while you do want to get adequate sleep to allow your body to heal, your goal should be a solid eight hours a night, not more.
Also, to reduce your chance of sleep problems, including insomnia or the anxiety that keeps you awake at night, consider adding these supplements to your bedtime routine.
Melatonin – 1 to 5 mg per night can help you fall asleep more easily
Valerian – 160 to 320 mg increases the neurotransmitter, GABA, in your brain to decrease insomnia
Lemon balm – 80 to 150 mg combined with valerian root, helps reduce anxiety and promote sleep
Getting the sleep you need can drastically increase your chance of survival following chest cancer. Just remember to think of it like Goldilocks and the Three Bears — not too much, not too little, but just right.

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