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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Heart Conditions in Women

A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, found that poor sleep can aggravate heart problems in women, by increasing inflammation levels.

Subjects included 700 men and women in their 60s with coronary heart disease. Participants were asked to rate their sleep quality at the beginning and end of the five year study.

Reports showed the women who claimed they weren’t getting enough sleep also showed increased inflammation levels nearly three times more than those who reported sound sleep. This was not the same for men.

These findings lead researchers to believe that, because these women were postmenopausal, lower estrogen levels could be the link between to the two. Lead author Aric Prather, clinical health psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and his team explained that it is possible that testosterone " served to buffer the effects of poor subjective sleep quality."

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