Importance of sleep in stress, immunity?


Question from Carrieau: How important is getting enough sleep in guarding against stress and maintaining a healthier immune system?
Answers - Mitch Golant There is no question that sleep and rest are really important aspects of dealing with cancer. For one thing, the treatment and its side effects impact sleep. What we are also concerned about is fatigue, which is a kind of tiredness that rest doesn't alleviate. By far, the sense of fatigue is what becomes a tremendous impact on people's energy and feeling like they want their lives back, so we are also talking about the quality of rest, not just logging hours. I would invite all of you here to look at ways that enhance and lead to more restful sleep and feeling refreshed. Some of those ways have to do with learning relaxation exercises, and actually having more intimacy or closeness.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. There are some things that feel beyond our control that interfere with sleep, like the fears that pop up and the hot flashes that occur.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2001, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Stress and Your Immune System. Mitch Golant, Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions on how stress affects your treatment, and what you can do to boost your immune system.

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