Some preliminary research shows that older women who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have poor cardiovascular health.
Since sleep disturbances typically increase for women as they age, researchers studied what impact that has on their health.
They followed about 21,500 women health professionals between the ages of 60 and 84. They considered any woman sleeping at least two hours more during the weekend than on weekdays as someone who wasn’t getting enough sleep.
What they found was that quality of sleep was an important factor for good overall cardiovascular health. They also found that women who weren’t getting enough sleep were also more likely to be obese and have hypertension.
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