For many cancer patients, sleep is hard to come by. According to the National Cancer Institute, up to half of people have a hard time sleeping during or after cancer treatment. But a new study out of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found that for breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, practicing yoga just twice a week is linked to better sleep quality and better sleep efficiency over time.
"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," explains lead study author Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine and director of the Integrative Medicine Program. "This study hoped to address previous study limitations."