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Yoga as Treatment for Insomnia Among Cancer Patients and Survivors: A Systematic Review
European medical journal.Oncology
Short Title: Eur.Med.J.Oncol.
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2012
Pages: 106 - 115
Sources ID: 31161
Notes: LR: 20170317; GR: K07 CA120025/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States; GR: R01 CA181064/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States; GR: R25 CA102618/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States; GR: U10 CA037420/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States; JID: 101624392; NIHMS544176; OTO: NOTNLM; 2014/10/25 06:00 [entrez]; 2014/10/25 06:00 [pubmed]; 2014/10/25 06:00 [medline]; ppublish
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Many cancer patients and survivors, between 15 to 90%, report some form of insomnia or sleep quality impairment during and post-treatment, such as excessive daytime napping, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and waking up too early. Insomnia and sleep quality impairment are among the most prevalent and distressing problems reported by cancer patients and survivors, and can be severe enough to increase cancer mortality. Despite the ubiquity of insomnia and sleep quality impairment, they are under-diagnosed and under-treated in cancer patients and survivors. When sleep problems are present, providers and patients are often hesitant to prescribe or take pharmaceuticals for sleep problems due to poly pharmacy concerns, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can be very difficult and impractical for patients to adhere to throughout the cancer experience. Research suggests yoga is a well-tolerated exercise intervention with promising evidence for its efficacy in improving insomnia and sleep quality impairment among survivors. This article provides a systematic review of existing clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga for treating insomnia and sleep quality impairment among cancer patients and survivors.