October 23, 2019

During breast cancer awareness month it’s a good time to educate ourselves on ways to reduce the risk of contracting breast cancer (or any cancer). Christina Finnerty explains how deep restorative sleep is important to this.

The Relationship Between Cancer & Sleep

The relationship between cancer prevention and good sleep is synergistic. Getting the proper sleep can do wonders for your overall health, including cancer prevention.

“I don’t think that most people realize that sleep is directly related to cancer,” says Finnerty. “If you snore, if your partner snores, if somebody tells you that you’re not breathing at night or there are pauses in breathing. If you wake up in a panic and your heart is racing and you feel like maybe you weren’t breathing. Of if you wake up not rested in the morning and you’re just exhausted and you don’t know why. It’s really important to come in a talk to somebody at least about the possibility of sleep apnea.”

One of the reasons our bodies cannot get rid of the cancer cells they have is if they’re not getting into good, deep, restorative sleep. One of the things that can impair that is stress or restless leg syndrome. But, a big one is obstructive sleep apnea. Most people avoid wanting to know if they have obstructive sleep apnea. However, one of the big reasons to see if you do have it would be to potentially avoid multiple different types of cancers, including breast cancer.

The reason sleep apnea can be directly related to breast cancer is because when you sleep at night your airway is obstructed and your oxygen levels drop. If your oxygen levels drop, that is immediately stressing your body out and not allowing it to enter into what’s called slow-wave sleep. Slow-wave sleep is the only stage of sleep in which our bodies heal and repair. If you’re body is not getting that type of deep, restorative sleep, you’re not able to detoxify, get rid of old cells, and your immunity decreases. As a result, you have an exponentially higher risk of developing multiple different types of cancers, including breast cancer.

What Is Deep Restorative Sleep?

Exposure to high levels of oxygen encourages the brain to remain in deep, restorative sleep, according to a study by University of Alberta neuroscientists.

This type of sleep seems to be the stage where metabolites are cleared from the brain, muscles grow, and proteins reform. Slow-wave sleep is the best recovery for both the brain and body. It can also help greatly with memory consolidation. Research has shown that the brain remains in active sleep when exposed to less than normal levels of oxygen

Sleep Apnea Masks

Most people are afraid of putting a CPAP mask on or using the machine at all. However, we hope to show the types of sleep masks someone would wear if they’re being treated for sleep apnea and we want to dispel any fear regarding them. We also hope to encourage you to visit with a specialist if you aren’t getting good sleep. It’s such a massive part of our daily lives and can impact your health in so many ways.

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The nasal mask is small and fits right under the nose with the headgear strap that goes around your head. You do not need to worry about looking like Darth Vader or a fighter pilot with the nasal mask.

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The full face mask is not nearly as scary as it sounds. It’s very easy to get on and off with magnetic attaching straps and it just goes under the nose and around the mouth.

Sleep Matters

In conclusion, the type of sleep you’re getting truly matters in regards to your overall health. The better, deeper sleep you can get, the less likely you will run into illnesses and diseases including cancer. If you would like to have a sleep study performed or visit with our sleep specialist, give us a call (208-715-9990) or submit a contact form right here on our site.

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October 2, 2019

We often associate the beautiful and bright fall colors with the month of October. The bright yellows, the rich reds, the blazing oranges, and the remnants of greens and browns all on the tapestry of southeast Idaho. However, there is one more color we associate with October…

Pink.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Meeting

That’s right. We see our favorite NFL teams don pink gloves, cleats, and wristbands on Sundays. Large pink ribbons tied around big oak trees at the local schools. An array of marathons, 5k’s, and fun runs all set up to raise money for breast cancer research.

We see pink everywhere. But, what can you do to help?

First of all, if you are a women, use this time as a helpful reminder to perform your annual checkup. Unfortunately, breast cancer can strike at anytime, so frequent self-examinations help. Secondly, if you have the means, volunteer and help out in your local community. It’s always a good idea to spend your time assisting with worthwhile causes in where you reside. And lastly, don’t be afraid to talk about it. Perhaps you have a friend or relative that has or had breast cancer. Staying informed can be a valuable tool down the road.

Tips To Remember During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Self Exams

Self exams should be performed once every month in both the upright and laying back positions. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has great resources on how to perform these. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding self exams, call or come into our office. We are happy to help you out with these.

Clinical Exams

Clinical breast exams should be schedule annually and take place at your provider’s office. You should always visit with your provider about any changes that have taken place in your body during the past year. Clinical exams don’t always mean you need a mammogram, but they often do perform that procedure.

Mammograms

If you are a women over the age of 40, you should get a mammogram once a year. As unpleasant as these can be for some women, it is a paramount procedure for catching breast cancer early.

Additional Information

Always be aware of your body. If you notice any dimpling or puckering of the breast tissue area, call or visit your provider. If there is any discharge coming from the nipple area, you should contact your provider. And lastly, if you notice any tenderness, pain, lumps, or anything unusual, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

If you have any questions or concerns of any kind, we recommend that you call into our office or set up a time to come in and visit.

Our Local Expert, Monica Nealis

As a breast cancer survivor, this is an important topic to Monica. She shares some important tips that all women should keep in mind. Breast cancer is a treatable cancer if it’s caught early, which is why there is such an emphasis on self examinations and annual checkups with your provider. To learn more about Monica and her style of treatment, visit her bio page right here on our site.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a clinical exam, please contact our office at 208-715-9990 today. We also encourage you to visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website as they have incredible resources and information.