A new study shows that sleeping well is more than just good for the soul; it could reduce men’s risk of developing prostate cancer. The study, conducted by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, showed that men with high levels of melatonin in their blood were up to 75% less likely to develop an advanced form of prostate cancer.
Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland, helps to regulate our circadian rhythm (our 24 hour clock), helping our bodies to know when to sleep and when to wake. Normally melatonin levels remain high during the night and reduce during the day. People with lower levels of melatonin in their diet tend to struggle to sleep well; taking longer to go to sleep and waking more frequently in the night.
Previous studies have shown some evidence that melatonin could have anti-carcinogenic properties, as it can reduce the reproduction and spreading of cancer cells. Other studies show that the hormone can reduce the risk of other cancers, including breast cancer.
Researchers measured the melatonin levels of nearly 1,000 Icelandic men. Researchers analyzed the levels of broken down melatonin (6-sulfatoxymelatonin) in the men’s morning urine. The men also answered questions about their sleep patterns. Within the seven year study period, 111 of the 928 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. 24 of the 111 men diagnosed with prostate cancer had advanced prostate cancer, which had started to spread. Advanced prostate cancer can be aggressive and often fatal.
On examining the men diagnosed with cancer against their melatonin levels, researchers noted that those men whose melatonin levels were higher than average were 75% less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than the men whose melatonin levels were below average. In addition, the men with higher than average melatonin levels had a 31% lower risk of developing any type of prostate cancer.
The findings of this latest study have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. As a result the findings are considered to be preliminary. However, there is no denying that sleep is important for the regenerative, immunity boosting and potentially cancer fighting power that it gives your body.
Try to get 8 hours’ sleep a night; if you struggle to go to sleep make sure you sleep in a dark environment to stimulate the production of melatonin.
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