The Importance Of Sleep For Cancer And Diabetes Prevention

Does your sleep suffer for more important tasks? Do you find yourself cutting your sleep hours short for work, a social life, or to meet the needs of your family? Learn how sleep is not only important to your general wellness, but a major key in cancer and diabetes prevention.

Life is busy and in this mobile, on-call world we live in, it is becoming harder than ever to leave work at work. The needs of your family likely come next and often, you are left slotting your own personal needs into the few leftover hours at the end of the day.

Sleep? Maybe you can get by on 5-6 hours a night and still function well enough the next day, but have you ever asked yourself: how is this impacting your health?

Did you know that a lack of sleep can lead to:

  • Moodiness, quick-temper, and irritability
  • Trouble with thinking and concentration
  • Higher risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure and weakened immunity
  • Higher risk of heart disease

Because of this, it is now commonly agreed that diabetes prevention is possible with the right diet and lifestyle choices.

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The Importance Of Sleep For Cancer And Diabetes Prevention

As children, our parents made sure we were in bed at a certain time each night because they understood the importance of sleep for our development and well-being. As adults, we often ignore the fact that our bodies still need time to rest and recuperate. A habitual lack of sleep can impair your thinking, judgment, ability to learn, and reason.

Adequate sleep is required for our bodies and brains to function well. It helps us to maintain appropriate hormone levels and control our emotions. It improves immune system function and helps to prevent depression. Overall wellness is greatly affected by not only the amount of sleep we get daily but the quality of our sleep.

1. Sleep for Diabetes Prevention

When we are chronically tired, we are more likely to habitually eat for the energy we need to keep going, or for comfort. Often our choices are high sugar or high carbohydrate foods which spike blood sugar levels and increase our likelihood of obesity, which in turn increases the likelihood of developing diabetes.

Sleep is important because it helps balance hormones and provides regulation for:

  • Appetite
  • Weight control
  • Immune system function

2. Sleep for Cancer Prevention

Disrupting the body’s biological clock may increase your risk of several types of cancer, including breast, colon, ovary and prostate. Lack of sleep at night (because of shiftwork or habit) for years, may cause a reduction in melatonin levels and increase the growth of cancer cells.

When you sleep, your body works to:

  • Regulate and repair cells
  • Turn on and off certain genes
  • Promote the functioning of your immune system

When you lack adequate and quality sleep, you are more prone to chronic inflammation, which is associated with several types of cancer.

In addition to this, obesity, which is also associated with a lack of sleep, is linked to higher risks of certain cancers, such as:

  • Breast
  • Colon and rectum
  • Uterine
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas

Sleep helps us to maintain a healthy body weight. It allows our body the opportunity to repair cells as needed. It ensures the adequate production of melatonin and healthy functioning of our immune system.

3. Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits for Wellness

On average 7.5 hours is the right amount of sleep per night, but this may vary depending on the individual. A common test for whether you are getting enough sleep at night is to ask if you are using an alarm clock regularly. If the answer is yes, you might be sleep deprived and should consider requesting a sleep assessment.

The Power of Habits


7 Tips for Healthy Sleep Habits

  • Good sleep is easier in a room that is clean and clear of anything that might distract you from sleeping. It is best to have your desk and TV in another room of the house
  • Your room should be cool (approximately 18 C) and well ventilated
  • Create a space for yourself that is dark and free of noises and distractions or use a sleep mask and earplugs if necessary
  • Exercise daily in the late afternoon or early evening
  • Maintain a schedule for sleep and waking times that begins with a routine for relaxation before sleep
  • Avoid caffeine, especially later in the day
  • Keep your cell phone either out of the bedroom or off during the night.
If you are looking for more information on establishing healthy sleep hygiene, the You 2.0 Wellness APP has a lot to offer! To find out more, call us today at 403-460-69691 or fill in our online contact form.


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