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Sleep deprivation increases cardiac risk in women

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:302
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Both chronic sleep deprivation and oversleeping increase the risk of heart disease in women, a new North American study has found (Archives of Internal Medicine 2003;163:205-9).

    As short term sleep deprivation has been associated with increases in cortisol and cholesterol levels, as well as causing increases in sympathetic tone and hypertension, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts and from the Department of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, sought to investigate whether chronic sleep deprivation increased the risk of heart disease in women.

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