Good quality sleep helps women beat cancer and helps tamoxifen

Good quality sleep helps women beat cancer and helps tamoxifen

Researchers at Stanford University in America have found that “sleep efficiency,” or the ratio of actual sleep compared to total time spent in the bed, predicted survival time for patients with advanced breast cancer.

The research involved just 97 women across six years but found that efficient sleepers survived an average of 68.9 months, while inefficient sleepers survived an average of just 33.2 months.

"Good sleep seems to have a strongly protective effect, even with advanced breast cancer,” said researcher Oxana Palesh, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University.

The likely reason is melatonin, a hormone healthy people produce in the pineal gland about 90 minutes after falling asleep. It is a powerful antioxidant, and a regulator of hormones such as oestrogen and IGF-1 both linked with breast cancer. It also has at least 5 proven epigenetic benefits, meaning that it is corrective of problems that occur around your DNA.

Another study, this time from Tulane University also showed that adequate levels of melatonin were essential to getting the best results from Tamoxifen.

"High melatonin levels at night put breast cancer cells to ’sleep’ by turning off key growth mechanisms,” explained researcher David Blask.

So, turn all lights and electrical equipment off. Have no WiFi impinging upon your bedroom, wear eye-shades in needs be. And supplement, with (maximum 3 mgs) of melatonin, if you feel it would help.

A natural alternative might be asphalia (Click here)

Some quick facts about melatonin (Click here)

Melatonin shown to have strong epigenetic benefits with breast cancer (Click here)


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