Simon: Sleep deprivation can increase your risk of cancer. But you can fix your cancer much better if you get enough sleep every night. In this episode, you're going to learn about the sleeping process and why we need sleep.
Then you're going to discover what happens when you don't get enough sleep. And finally, you will learn how to get great sleep.
Intro jingle: Welcome to the Cancer Wisdom podcast. This podcast teaches you how to treat cancer with natural remedies without using toxic treatments. Discover how to take charge of your health and not be a slave to Big Pharma medicine. Here's your host Simon Persson.
Simon: Sleep is essential for humans and most animals. The body follows certain circadian rhythms to regulate your sleep. These circadian rhythms follow a 24-hour internal clock that is always running in the background of your brain.
It is also known as the sleep/wake cycle. Circadian rhythms control your wakefulness, body temperature, metabolism, and the release of hormones.
So circadian rhythms follow the sun. Therefore they work best when you sleep at regular times. Every time you break this daytime and nighttime cycle, you can feel more tired and out of balance. Some things that can influence this is jet lag or when you stay up at night.
Your pineal gland controls your circadian rhythm. It's a small pea-sized gland in the middle of the brain. So when it's dark at night, your eyes send a signal to the pineal gland that it is night. Your brain then releases melatonin which makes you feel tired. Melatonin is a substance found in animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria.
So your body releases melatonin during darkness. We need it to regulate our sleep and blood pressure and to fall asleep.
There are two types of sleep: the rapid eye movement sleep, REM, and non-REM sleep. These cycles use specific brain waves. During the night, you cycle through all stages of non-REM and REM sleep several times.
There are four stages of non-REM sleep. Stage one is the change over from wakefulness to sleep. Your heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow down, and your muscles start to relax, and your brain activity drops.
Stage two is light sleep before deeper sleep. Your heartbeat and breathing soften, and your muscles relax even more.
The body's temperature also drops, and its eye movements stop. Stage three and four non-REM sleep is the beginning of deep sleep.
Your heartbeat and breathing reach their lowest state, and your brainwaves become slower, and there's also no eye movement or muscle activity.
After you have gone through the non-REM sleep cycles, you reach the REM sleep. So it occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep. In this stage, your eyes move fast from side to side behind closed eyelids, and your breathing becomes faster and irregular.
Your heart rate and blood pressure also increase to near waking levels. Most of your dreaming occurs during REM sleep.
There can be various things that can disrupt us from falling asleep. One thing is light during the night. When there's too much light in the room, it's harder for the body to generate melatonin because the pineal gland can only generate it when it's dark in your room or outside. Working lights disrupt the natural circadian rhythms.
So one thing many cancer patients suffer from is insomnia. It's when you have a hard time falling asleep. There are several reasons why you might have a hard time falling asleep. Some things that can increase your risk of insomnia are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, depression, anxiety, or stress.
One problem in our society is escapism. It's when we try to distract ourselves from our negative thinking. We watch TV, YouTube and consume any type of entertainment or use alcohol and drugs to numb ourselves from our emotional stress.
And the only time we cannot escape from it is when we go to bed. And that's the reason why many people have a hard time falling asleep.
So if you want to sleep better, then you need to let go of your emotional stress. I remember when I had a hard time falling asleep.
During the night, I had a lot of stressful, negative thoughts that made it hard to fall asleep. But then I tried an emotional healing technique called the Sedona method.
This method teaches you how to relax by asking yourself some questions. And I discovered later that I fell asleep much faster after using this technique. But sadly, many people don't use any emotional healing technique.
And therefore, they have a hard time falling asleep during the night, and their lack of sleep is the reason why many people lack energy.
To deal with a lack of energy, they might consume coffee, energy drinks, sodas, or anything with white sugar to conquer this tiredness. But that means that your body will receive even more toxins, which doesn't improve your condition.
So every time you disrupt your sleep, you can have health consequences. Sleep is crucial for many bodily functions. If you don't get enough sleep, you might feel more anxious, sleepy, have reduced concentration and memory, and it can also compromise your immune system.
Your body needs to sleep every night to recharge and heal itself. If you don't sleep enough, then the liver can't receive enough blood to function and detoxify the body. High blood toxicity results in more stress hormones, which can create more diseases.
So when we don't get enough sleep, then we can increase our risk of cancer. Our immunity diminishes as fatigue increases. Suppressing your natural circadian rhythms make it harder for your body to fight cancer. Every cell throughout the body has melatonin receptors, even cancer cells.
Every time the body releases melatonin during the night, the cell division slows down. If you want to make cancer cells grow slower, then you need to get enough sleep every day.
So one study looked at breast cancer rates in night shift workers. This study examined about 78 000 nurses who worked night shifts.
The study found out that nurses who worked night shifts had 36% higher rates of breast cancer than nurses that worked during the day. If companies want to improve their employee's health, then they should avoid night shifts.
If you want to learn how to fall asleep more easily, then you should download our sleeping guide. In this guide, you will learn seven simple tricks to fall asleep fast.
First, you will learn how to prepare before you go to sleep and some good habits that you should use. And then, you will learn seven simple techniques that you can use to fall asleep fast.
I will put a link to this guide in the show notes. So download this guide and improve your sleep. Thanks for listening to this episode, and I'll see you in the next one.