Cancer is associated with a wide range of psychological dysfunctions. From insomnia to high levels of stress, any psychological disorder we expose ourselves to may increase the chances for us to develop the gruesome disease. Irregular sleeping patterns have been shown to lead to cancer in tests performed on mice, as a new study suggests.
This being said, the working class all over the world should reconsider working in shifts, as irregular sleep exposes us to high health risks. Furthermore, women who have had family relatives who suffered from breast cancer should never work in shifts.
Sleep disorders or irregular sleep challenges our biological clock and our body’s internal rhythm, causing disturbance which leads to a dramatic increase in disease levels. Related factors such as social class, activity levels or vitamin D consumption could also determine whether someone is exposed to cancer.
The research that highlighted these interesting findings was performed on mice who had their body clock delayed by 12 hours every week. Researchers concluded that this fragment of study subjects was more prone to developing cancer, compared to mice without a disturbing sleeping habit. After 50 weeks of being repeatedly exposed to delays to their body clock, mice have started to develop tumors. Regular sleep disturbance in some subjects caused the tumors to appear even eight weeks earlier.
The ones with highest risks of exposure are women working night shifts and flight attendants who must adapt to different time coordinates across the globe. Women are advised to reassess their lifestyle and choose a more regular schedule to their working routines.
Although a cause-effect relationship cannot be precisely outlined, as other social factors may contribute to the development of the disease, this is the first research which obviously shows a link between chronic light-dark inversions and breast cancer development.
There are many factors contributing to health degradation, from irregular eating habits and random diets, to long working hours which expose us to stress disorders and ultimately sleeping disorders which play with our biological clock and deeply affect our health system.
To avoid a dramatic diagnosis, people should pay more attention to their body weight, perform monographies on a regular basis and avoid high levels of stress. On the other hand, employers should offer more in-work health checks. Because insomnia increases risks to develop breast cancer, we should sleep more and worry less, for starters.
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