Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC) - Doctors have found a surprising connection between sleep problems and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
More than 2,400 men between the ages of 67 and 96 were asked about their sleep habits, including whether they:
- Took sleep medication
- Had difficulty falling asleep
- Had difficulty falling back to sleep if they wake up too soon
- Felt unrested after sleep
Men who reported trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep were more likely to get prostate cancer.
And they tended to have more severe disease at the time of the diagnosis.
The study’s authors say it’s not clear whether sleep disruptions directly contribute to prostate cancer or whether poor sleep is a sign of overall poor health, making men more susceptible to the disease.