Sleep deprivation linked to weaker bones

(Stacey Burling/ Philidelphia Inquirer) — Women who don’t get enough sleep may be putting their bones at risk, a new study found.

The research showed that postmenopausal women who slept less than five hours a night were 22% more likely than those who slept at least seven hours to have low bone mass and 63% more likely to have osteoporosis of the hip. Results for the spine were similar.

Bone mass is important because weaker bones are more likely to break. In the elderly, fractures can reduce quality and length of life.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, researchers described the relationship between short sleep and bone health as “modest” and said it was equivalent to a year of aging. (…)

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