Diligent Women Build Morning, Avoid Risk of Breast Cancer

If you are one of the women who likes to wake up early, thank yourself. Because it turns out, from the results of a study of these habits, reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The study, published in the BMJ journal, departs from data that one in seven women develop breast cancer at a certain stage in their lives.

In addition, previous studies also showed a link between night session work with cancer risk due to disturbed sleep patterns, light exposure at night, and lifestyle factors.

Reporting from Liputan6.com, there had been no studies that explored certain sleep habits, such as diligently getting up early, to the development of cancer, scientists finding out whether there were any direct effects there. Launching the Science Daily on Friday (05/07/2019), the researchers used the Mendelian randomization technique and analyzed genetic variants related to three specific sleep habits. Morning or night preference, duration, and insomnia. 180,216 women from the UK Biobank study and 228,951 women from the Breast Cancer Association Consortium were participants.

And apparently, the researchers found, if women who are diligent in getting up early, there is less chance of developing breast cancer. At least, the cases are less than one per 100 women compared to those who move at night. In addition, those who have a habit of sleeping more than seven to eight hours, also have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer.

"Sleep does affect health," co-author Caroline Relton, professor at the University of Bristol, UK, quoted from Webmd as saying. "This study found a protective effect of morning preference on the risk of breast cancer."

In addition, the author of the introduction to this study, Eva Schernhammer from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria also said, this possibility is related to the incompatibility between internal and external clocks. He added, disruption of the circadian rhythm can also affect bodily functions. One of them is melatonin levels.

On the other hand, a doctor who studied sleep problems from New York, Daniel Barone, said that melatonin is a very powerful antioxidant.

"If you reduce melatonin, it has the potential to cause inflammation in the body," he said.

This condition is then, much associated with the development of cancer and other health conditions. However, according to the Northwell Health Cancer Institute breast cancer surgeon, Alice Police, the conclusion could not be drawn until the correlation with other factors was seen. For example the level of obesity and exercise.

But, even so, it never hurts to improve and adjust sleep time to be more qualified. In addition, don't forget to keep yourself from lack of rest just because of using the device, and don't forget to eat good food and avoid alcohol.

"Women should be more concerned about other risk factors for breast cancer," Schernhammer said.