Saturday, December 20, 2014

Why sleep matters + techniques for a better night’s rest

Last Saturday we introduced a simple yoga pose to help you with sleep. For children, sleep is extremely important but when you are a pediatric cancer patient it becomes even more critical!  We have found an astounding resource we have pulled from, the Cancer Center.
 So, let’s take a moment and analyze why this all matters:
  • A lack of sleep will create stress on the body, which ultimately can interfere with the body’s ability to fight off cancer
  • Additionally, research is showing that sleep quality can impact the way in which your body fights off cancer
What chemicals in the body are affected?
  • Cortisol: this chemical helps regulate the body’s immune system
  • Melatonin: the chemical that is produced in the brain during sleep. Studies are showing that Melatonin may have antioxidant properties and can help prevent damage to cells. This can have profound implications if you are cancer patient.
Additional steps you can take to get better sleep:

  • Light Therapy: This type of therapy is the use of low lit lights on a regulated schedule to establish sleep-wake cycles.
  • Relaxation Techniques: Deep breathing exercises, guided imagery
  • Avoid Distractions: turning of the television, wearing ear plugs, or relaxation sound machines
  • Yoga Exercises: We shared one yoga exercise that helps stimulate a more restful sleep 

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