We know that loss of sleep can lead to health problems, but does sleep deprivation pose a risk of cancer? A new study has found a link between sleep duration and risk of polyps, which are tied directly with the risk for colon cancer.
Perhaps nothing is scarier than receiving a diagnosis of cancer, even if it's caught early and therefore treatable. Theories abound on ways to prevent cancer and even help heal the body during treatment, from changing one's diet to managing stress and engaging in mind-body activities like meditation and deep breathing.
But what about paying attention to sleep? Have there been any connections made between sleep and cancer?
There's no question that getting restful sleep is beneficial for both healthy people and those battling cancer, but now we have evidence that people who sleep less than six hours a night could be more likely to have dangerous polyps in their colon or rectum compared to better-rested patients. The study, which was published by the journal Cancer in October, reflects the first time anyone has ever found a link between sleep duration and risk of polyps, which are tied directly with the risk for colon cancer. Read more