Sleep & Bones

19 Oct

Too little sleep and jet lag or shift work, may be bad for bones.

Researchers allowed 10 healthy men (some aged 20 to 27 and some aged 55 to 65) to sleep for only seven hours after every 22 hours they were kept awake. That’s like getting 5 1/2 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

After three weeks, a marker of bone formation dropped by 18 percent in the older men and 28 percent in the younger men.

What to do: Make sleep a priority.

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter October 2017 J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 2017

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