“The difference we observed between these two groups was equal to about one year of bone aging. This is not a huge difference, but it tells us that, in yet one more aspect of health, sleep is important. Any chance we have to spread the message to improve sleep could be helpful in other aspects of physical and mental health.”

According to recent research, lack of sleep can even impact your bone density and risk of osteoporosis (brittle bone), a condition that affects an estimated 10.3% of U.S. adults over the age of 50.5 With osteoporosis also comes the risk of bone fractures due to a fall, and hip fractures in particular are notorious for raising an older individual’s risk of death.6



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