Sleep is important in regulating the metabolism. A study of the International Journal of Cancer found a relationship between a deprivation of sleep and the rate of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. More precisely, they found that the rate of breast or prostate cancer was 30 percent higher for woman or man who had worked shifts.
In fact, by searching the origin why sleep deprived bodies could lead to cancer, they found that lack of sleep leads to inflammation and consequently disrupts a normal working immune system. Furthermore, one of the most important hormone, Melatonin, well-known for its unbeatable antioxidant properties and helping to prevent cellular damage, may not be produced due to the deprivation of sleep.
Moreover, chemotherapy has been shown to be better tolerated in patients treating with melatonin.
In other words, by getting enough of sleep (6-8 hours), you will:
lower the risk of producing any kind of inflammation,
encourage your body to produce enough of Melatonin, one of the most important antioxidant
lower the side effects due to chemotherapy
How to sleep well:
There are several strategies allowing yourself to improve your sleeping routine. The most important ones are summarized below :
Create a comfortable, calm and beautiful sleeping environment
Try to go to bed at the same time every day (before 10 pm) and develop sleep rituals for example. meditate, reading a book, doing breathing exercises, listening to hypnosis, drinking calming tea.
Avoid caffeine and physical activities at least 3 hours before going to bed
Avoid heavy digestible food for dinner (better consume soups or cooked vegetables in general)