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Yoga improves sleeplessness in cancer survivors

Yoga has been in used as a form of relaxation, meditation and exercise for thousands of years, teaching individuals to focus on their mind, body and spirit, which is exactly what cancer survivors need to do to heal.

A recent study looking into how yoga can help cancer survivors took 410 cancer survivors who had difficulty sleeping and split them into two groups. The first group participated in two 75 minute yoga sessions per week plus post cancer care. The sessions consisted of 18 poses that incorporated breathing techniques in combination with meditation. The second group received the post cancer care only. After just a month the sleeplessness of the yoga group had improved by 100 percent.

Before the study commenced only 15 percent of the participants from both groups were sleeping well. When the study was complete the sleeplessness of the second group had only increased by one percent, this is in comparison to the yoga group who improved their sleeplessness by 31 percent.

In addition to this those in the yoga group reduced their sleep medication by 20 percent, whereas those in the second group actually ended up increasing their dosage by 5 percent.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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