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Working Together to Study the Impact of Sleep on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship

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American Cancer Society (ACS) and Sleep Number have formed a long-term partnership to embark upon foundational sleep research, informing the first-ever sleep guidelines for cancer. Through a multi-year partnership, ACS will conduct research with contributions from Sleep Number’s proprietary sleep data and sleep expertise to identify the impact of quality sleep on cancer prevention and recovery, leading to improved sleep outcomes for cancer patients and survivors. 

There is limited knowledge of the biologic mechanisms by which sleep may affect cancer risk or outcomes after a cancer diagnosis, and while poor sleep quality may be associated with the risk of developing some types of cancer, evidence to date is limited. The collaboration between the two organizations will enable cancer research and prevention studies tied explicitly to quality sleep.

Sleep quality is a documented problem for cancer patients and longer term in cancer survivors, and the ability to formally study sleep’s impact on cancer has been limited. ACS’s groundbreaking partnership with Sleep Number offers the opportunity for scientific discovery and evidence-based sleep guidelines. It will improve the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors and, ultimately, save more lives from cancer

Dr. Karen Knudsen

CEO, American Cancer Society

In addition, Sleep Number has committed to support the Society’s Hope Lodge communities through financial commitments and by furnishing Lodges with its life-changing 360® smart beds, Sleep Number® bedding and other sleep solutions to provide comforting sleep experiences to patients staying there during their cancer treatment journey. This support will help provide patients and caregivers who need sleep to bolster their physical, mental, and emotional resilience. 

Our partnership with American Cancer Society will directly support our company purpose – to improve the health and wellbeing of society through higher quality sleep. We will utilize our 360 smart bed’s proprietary sleep data and sleep expertise, along with ACS’s tremendous body of research, to benefit cancer patients and survivors, and society at large. Cancer is undiscriminating – it affects everyone. Sleep is also universal. Our hope is that sleep guidelines will help to eradicate this devastating disease and improve millions of lives. We are honored to join ACS in the fight for a world without cancer.

Shelly Ibach

President and CEO, Sleep Number