Twice-weekly practice may reduce sleep disturbances and improve sleep quality in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that women who practiced Tibetan yoga at least two times a week reported less daytime disturbances, better sleep quality and sleep efficiency over time, compared to those practicing less often and to women receiving usual care.
Sleep disturbances and fatigue are two of the most frequent and debilitating side effects experience by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, with patients often describing poor sleep quality, insomnia, and excessive drowsiness.
Eluned Hughes, Head of Public Health and Information at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“While it’s intriguing that Tibetan yoga may help breast cancer patients to sleep better, further research is needed to determine the exact benefits.
“Disrupted sleep can be incredibly debilitating for many women undergoing breast cancer treatment, and we urgently need to find new ways to help alleviate these difficult side-effects.
“We know that keeping active during and after treatment can be central to improving both patients’ outcomes and their general wellbeing – and we look forward to better understanding exactly how yoga may help.
“In the meantime, we would encourage women living with and beyond breast cancer to be active but to speak to their doctor first about what may be most suitable for them.”