Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - WELLNESS -

Re­mem­ber when you were a kid and fell asleep at the same time ev­ery night? You might want to start do­ing that again. A US study has re­vealed that peo­ple who sleep and wake at ir­reg­u­lar times weigh more, are more likely to be stressed and de­pressed, have higher blood su­gar and pres­sure and are at more risk of a heart at­tack. The next step is to fig­ure out if sleep is the cause or ef­fect. “From our study we can't con­clude that sleep ir­reg­u­lar­ity results in health risks, or whether health con­di­tions af­fect sleep,” said lead au­thor Dr Jes­sica Lunsford-Avery from the Duke Uni­ver­sity School of Medecine. “Per­haps there’s some­thing about obe­sity that dis­rupts sleep reg­u­lar­ity.” While more re­search is needed, the find­ings sug­gest track­ing sleep reg­u­lar­ity could help in pre­dict­ing some­one’s risk of heart and meta­bolic dis­ease. That’s got to be worth an early night!

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