Yoga Helps Cancer Patients Sleep

Published Online: Thursday, July 1, 2004

A small study involving patients undergoing treatment for lymphoma found that Tibetan yoga improved sleep. Tibetan yoga relies on gentle movements and meditation. For the study, half of the 39 patients participated in 7 weekly yoga sessions. After 3 months, the rest of the patients were invited to join the classes. The study results showed that the patients in the 7-weekly-session group reported getting to sleep sooner, sleeping longer, and needing fewer drugs to fall asleep. (The findings were reported in the on-line journal Cancer, April 15, 2004.)

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