April 10, 2014
Simmons Cancer Institute to Offer Yoga Class for Better Night’s Sleep
Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will offer a yoga class for cancer patients, their families and caregivers to help reduce stress, relax and fall asleep naturally.
The free class will be offered from 4:45-6 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield. Registration is available by calling 545-7493 or online at www.siumed.edu/cancer.
“Participants will learn strategies to improve relaxation methods, ease stress and fall asleep without using over-the-counter or prescribed sleeping remedies,” said Kristi Lessen, coordinator for the Side-by-Side Program at SCI.
“Stress and other factors can cause sleep problems: waking up several times in the night or not falling asleep easily,” Lessen said. “The class will provide strategies and yoga movements to relax the mind and the body and make it easier to get a good night’s rest.”
Studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as help to alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, and insomnia.
The Side-by-Side program at SCI provides complementary therapies to patients, their families and caregivers designed specifically for cancer patients. Most programs are free of charge regardless of where a patient is receiving treatment.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.