Your sleep habits can influence cancer risk

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The risk of cancer may be influenced by poor male sleep habits.

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Cancer is a dreaded disease. It is important to try to lead a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition to avoid cancer. Good quality sleep is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.

Risk of cancer can be increased by poor male sleep habits

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Taylor & Francis reports the risk of cancer can be increased by poor male sleep habits. According to researchers there is an increased risk of cancer in men who have worked night shifts for greater than twenty years. Men who work night shifts without napping during the day also have an increased risk of cancer. It has also been observed that sleeping on the average for more than ten hours per night is linked to an increased risk of cancer in men.

This study was led by scientists at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. The scientists investigated the independent and combined effects of several sleep habits on cancer incidence including night shift work, night time sleep, and daytime napping.

A similar relationship was not found in women

The researchers reported there was a 27 percent increased risk for cancer in men who worked night shifts for greater than 20 years. There was double the cancer risk in men who did not take a nap during the day. There was also an increased risk of cancer in men who slept greater than ten hours a night. It was also observed that the male participants in this study had a 43 percent increased risk of cancer if they had any two of these sleep habits. A similar relationship was not found in women.

The study has been published in the Annals of Medicine. The researchers have concluded there is an increased incidence of cancer among men with a history of long night shift work, no daytime napping, and prolonged duration of sleep at night. It therefore appears to be a good idea to attempt to regulate your sleep habits to get quality sleep and rest daily.

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