At Alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico we passionately believe that lifestyle, food choices and environment all weave together to form a complex, infinite web that is our health and wellbeing. It is the resulting web that affects our health, our happiness and our physical and emotional state.

As a new study gives more evidence to suggest that a good night’s sleep could help prevent advanced prostate cancer, we look at the many benefits of a good night’s sleep:

1. Help Prevent Cancer. A range of studies show that sleeping well in a good routine increases the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates our day and night cycle (or circadian rhythm). The better our sleep routine, the more regulated our hormone production and the more regulated our hormone production, including melatonin, the better we will sleep. And so the cycle continues. It is thought that high levels of melatonin could help to prevent the growth and spreading of cancer cells, helping to prevent some types of cancer including breast cancer and advanced prostate cancer.

By going to sleep regularly at a reasonable hour (at least 8 hours before you want to get up) you will help to regulate your circadian rhythm, making sure you produce enough melatonin for a good night’s sleep.

Keep your bedroom dark; make sure lights on clocks, phones, televisions etc are switched off. Darkness will help to stimulate melatonin production, whilst light pollution (including that from electronic devices) will inhibit the production of your sleep hormones.

2. Look Better. Did you know that if you don’t sleep enough, your body will slow down your metabolic rate (how quickly you burn food)? This could result in increased weight gain; not to mention the fact that lack of sleep makes you more likely to reach for the snacks or make unhealthy food choices in order to gain more “energy”.

In addition, regular sleep will make you look healthier and more attractive, according to a 2010 study where people were asked to “rate” the attractiveness and healthiness of sleep deprived study participants versus those who had had a good night’s sleep.

3. Think Better. Those of us who have suffered from sleep deprivation after a night out, a hard week at work, coping with a baby, will know how hard it can be to function on little or no sleep. In addition, most of us know how great you feel when you wake up after a great night’s sleep. Research has shown that a bad night’s sleep will have a negative impact on your concentration, making it harder to focus on the situation in hand and harder to make a decision. This is because, while we sleep, our brains continue to mull over problems and puzzles; by sleeping on a problem, you are making your brain better able to find a solution.

Similarly, while you sleep, maintenance work takes place in your brain; memories are filed and moved into the short term files, or moved from the short term memory to the long term to make space for more information. Sleeping well means that your brain is able to do everything it needs to do to make you alert and improve your memory for the oncoming day.

Alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico’s Functional Oncology Program involves an integrative assessment in the first instance, where a team of specialists work together to assess the possible causes of chronic disease before addressing these causes and making the patient as able as possible to fight chronic diseases like cancer. From diet, to sleep, to lifestyle, and on to detoxification and cancer suppression, the comprehensive Functional Oncology Programs are unique, tailored to the needs of each patient and designed to not just kill cancer cells, but to equip each patient’s body with the ability to achieve and maintain remission.

For more information about Functional Oncology or any element of our ground breaking treatment programs, get in touch.