Yoga Improves Sleep for Cancer Survivors

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 21 (UPI) — Cancer survivors who tried four weeks of gentle yoga improved the quality of their sleep and were not as tired during the day, researchers in New York said.

They also used fewer sleeping pills and rated their quality of life more highly than cancer survivors who didn’t take yoga, said researcher Karen Mustian of the University of Rochester Cancer Center.

Researchers randomly assigned 410 patients to receive either their usual follow-up care after medical treatments or attend a 75-minute yoga class, twice a week. The average age of the patient was 54 and about three-quarters of the group had been treated for breast cancer.

After four weeks, the cancer survivors who took yoga reported fewer sleep problems and less fatigue.

It was not clear whether more strenuous forms of yoga would provide the same results, said Mustian, who is to present her findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting in Chicago next month.

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