Yoga May Bring Better Sleep to Breast Cancer Patients

Yoga May Bring Better Sleep to Breast Cancer Patients

A certain type of yoga may provide lasting benefits for breast cancer patients who have trouble sleeping, researchers report.

Mental Health Does Not Come With A Manual, It Comes With Friends & Family Support That Never Gives Up!
Join now

The study included 227 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer who were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group practiced Tibetan yoga at least twice a week, another group did a simple stretching program, and the third group received usual care (the "control" group).

The study participants were assessed one week after the end of the program, and the researchers followed up with them at three, six and 12 months later.

Women in the yoga group reported fewer sleep problems and less daytime drowsiness over the long term than those in the other two groups, the researchers said.

Sleep problems and fatigue are common among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, said study author Lorenzo Cohen. He is director of the integrative medicine program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer.

The women in the Tibetan yoga program or the stretching program had been offered four 75- to 90-minute classes during their chemotherapy treatment.

Those taking part in Tibetan yoga were taught one-on-one by a trained instructor. The women in this group were taught controlled breathing, visualization, meditation and postures, and were encouraged to practice yoga daily at home.

"While the effects of this intervention were modest, it is encouraging to see that the women who practiced yoga outside of class had improved sleep outcomes over time," Cohen said in an MD Anderson l news release.

The Internet's Most Trusted Source For Mental Health Information
Sign up

"Previous research has established that yoga effectively reduces sleep disturbances for cancer patients, but have not included active control groups or long-term follow-up. This study hoped to address previous study limitations," he added.

The study was published online Sept. 20 in the journal Cancer.

More information

Harvard Medical School has more on yoga.


Copyright © 2013-2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Related Content

Addiction To Cocaine Sees Promising Cure In Near Future In Preventing Overdose
Addiction To Cocaine Sees Promising Cure In Near Future In Preventing Overdose

A radical gene therapy for drug addiction has been shown to dampen down cravings...

Read more
How Therapy Dogs Are Providing Significant Benefits To Children With ADHD
How Therapy Dogs Are Providing Significant Benefits To Children With ADHD

For children struggling with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), vi...

Read more
The 4 Mistakes People With Anxiety Make & How To Prevent Them From Happening
The 4 Mistakes People With Anxiety Make & How To Prevent Them From Happening

I recently wrote a well-received post about five mistakes that people with depre...

Read more
Did You Know That 20% Autism Patients Were ALSO Diagnosed With Depression?
Did You Know That 20% Autism Patients Were ALSO Diagnosed With Depression?

Almost 20% of young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also were diagnos...

Read more
Is There Anyone Else Out There With Bipolar Disorder & OCD Symptoms?
Is There Anyone Else Out There With Bipolar Disorder & OCD Symptoms?

It's not at all uncommon that I hear obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms as part ...

Read more
Signs Your Parent May Actually Have A Personality Disorder & How To...
Signs Your Parent May Actually Have A Personality Disorder & How To...

Have you always struggled in your relationship with your parent? Maybe your rela...

Read more