Insufficient sleep doubles risk of death from breast cancer

As we get older, it gets harder to get a good night’s sleep… especially with aches and pains… and those late night trips to the bathroom.

I’ve already shared with you how dangerous sleep deprivation can be. It can lead to weight gain, diabetes, stroke, and dementia – and if your lack of sleep is associated with sleep apnea, your risk of developing cancer could skyrocket.

But the latest research shows that if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, not getting enough sleep – and snoring – could be deadly.

Now, breast cancer is already a leading cause of death for women – but researchers from the University of Washington found that post-menopausal breast cancer patients who slept less than six hours a night and snored more than five nights per week were TWICE AS LIKELY to die from breast cancer as those who slept seven to eight hours per night and rarely snored.

This held true even when other factors were considered like smoking, location of cancer, marital status, income, and more.

Together, lack of sleep and snoring seem to block your immune system’s natural response to pathogens… and therefore interfere with your body’s ability to fight the cancer.

If you’ve been diagnosed with it, no one would question why you might not be sleeping as well – especially if you’ve been going through painful or sickening treatments.

But if you haven’t been getting your sleep for a while – whether or not you’re battling breast cancer – it’s time to do something about it.

The amino acid 5-HTP can regulate your brain’s serotonin levels so you get a healthier, deeper sleep.

If you’ve been sawing logs several times a week, it’s important to find out what the root cause of it is. It might be as simple as the position you’re sleeping in, the pillow you’re using, or congestion from allergens in your bedroom. Try closing your windows and using an air purifier with a “True HEPA” filter.

However, it could be more of a physical problem – like something obstructing your airways – so it’s important to get checked out by a doctor. He might send you to a sleep disorder specialist, who’ll test you for sleep apnoea (either in a sleep center or with a machine you can use at home).

He might recommend a CPAP machine to ensure you breathe easy throughout the night, although I’ve found with my patients that losing weight can often do the trick.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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  1. If this is true then I should have cancer in both my breasts because I sleep no more that 3 hours a night – high functioning insomniac here.

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