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Why women need better sleep

Written by Lucy Chard (Assistant Editor)

woman sleeping sleep arousal clock

Everyone knows that getting enough sleep is important, but did you know that prolonged periods of wakefulness at night are linked to a higher risk of death from any disease, and especially so in women? This is what studies from Maastricht University Medical Center (The Netherlands), in collaboration with the University of Adelaide (Australia), have recently discovered. The studies included a cohort of 8,001 patients, men and women, who wore sleep monitors overnight. When the teams followed up on this research 6–11 years later, they discovered that women had a vastly increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease when they...

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