A good night’s sleep is something too many people take for granted. When we sleep, we give our body a chance to relax and recover from the effort and stress we exert during the day. Just think about how exhausted and drained we would be if we had to go a few days without sleep! Sleep plays such a vital role in maintaining mind and body health, this is why it is essential for your overall wellbeing to ensure that your body gets the proper amount and quality of sleep it needs each day. Lack of sleep can affect the function of your organs, which explains why when we’re sleep deprived our brain is usually not working at it’s best.
Unfortunately, sleeping soundly through the night doesn’t come as easily to everyone. According to the National Cancer Institute, around fifty percent of cancer patients suffer from trouble sleeping/sleep disturbance, with symptoms ranging from insomnia to fragmented sleep. Around 80 percent of cancer patients have a hard time falling and staying asleep. Without proper sleep, the body is put under further stress, which can inhibit its ability to function properly and thus it’s ability to recover and fight cancer.
A study by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center examined the relationship between Tibetan Yoga and sleep and fatigue in women with breast cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy. According to the study, breast cancer patients who practiced Tibetan Yoga at least twice a week were linked with better sleep quality over time. Yoga has been known to help relax the mind and body and thus it can help prepare the body for better sleeping habits.
Tibetan Yoga is a specific type of yoga that is compromised of 5 yogic exercises that can be practiced in 20 minutes. Tibetan Yoga focuses on synchronizing breath and movement together in a way that helps balance all seven chakras and helps regulate hormones. The balancing of the chakras can positively affect the digestive system, nervous system, the respiratory system as well as the cardiovascular system. Check out the Tibetan Yoga Series here.
So, according to this research, if breast cancer patients practice Tibetan Yoga at least twice a week, this will help their sleep quality and minimize sleep disturbances over time!