Category: Sleep

What to Eat to Treat Insomnia

Insomnia affects the nervous, glandular, musculoskeletal, and respiratory immune centers. Don’t toss and turn—simmer and sip. Forty million of us, including 30 percent of seniors, don’t get forty winks regularly. That’s bad; fail­ure to...

Caffeine and Sleep Problems

Unfortunately, caffeine can put your brain on high alert, keeping you awake long after you want to go to sleep. It’s no myth that caffeine is linked to chronic insomnia. If you’re like most...

Sleep and sprint speed needed for optimal physical performance in field sports

For top athletes, getting enough sleep has long been considered the sort of bland good advice that is obvious but easy to ignore—like eating lots of vegetables. A pair of recent pilot studies by Charles Samuels, the medical director of the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance in Calgary, confirms that poor sleep quality is prevalent even in Olympic-level athletes (in this case from the national bobsleigh and skeleton teams). But the problem is even worse for ordinary people: “It’s average athletes who are the most likely to curtail their sleep to train,” Samuels says. “They’re getting up at 4 a.m. to run for an hour so they can get to work by 7 a.m.”

The Role of Sleep in Health, Disease and Cancer Therapy

Understanding the multitude of physical and psychological issues that can disturb the sleep of cancer patients is the first step in finding appropriate assistance from the medical team or from family and friends. The first step in improving insomnia is the framework of good sleeping habits outlined in the list of sleep hygiene recommendations. Sleep disorders are diagnosable and treatable and may be worthy of discussion with the medical team. Improved sleep can be quite helpful in coping with physical and psychological issues that occur in the setting of cancer.

The Management of Fatigue – Cancer-Related Fatigue and Sleep

Fatigue is the feeling of being tired after resting or a good sleep. Affecting up to 90 percent of cancer patients, especially those undergoing therapy, it is one of the most common side effects of the disease and its treatment. It can occur on the same day, or for several days, or for long periods of time during and after therapy.
Fatigue affects quality of life, the ability to function, and the capacity to live a productive, satisfactory existence.