Did you know that a good night’s sleep might also impact bone health?
Our magnificent bodies were designed to rebuild and repair themselves during nighttime rest. When this repair cycle is interrupted or shortened, it affects every system in the body, including our bones.
Research has suggested that sleep deprivation may have an effect on our bone remodeling function. Researchers discovered a link between chronic lack of sleep and abnormalities in the development of both bone and bone marrow. When laboratory animals were deprived of sleep, there was a dramatic imbalance in bone growth. Sleep-deprived animals stopped forming new bones, and the bone they did have gradually lost density. Lack of sleep also affected bone marrow, leading to diminished bone flexibility. Bone flexibility is vital to preventing fractures.
The study results suggest that sleep deprivation could also have affect bone remodeling in humans. Life moves at a fast pace, and many of us are dealing with stresses that can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Chronic sleep issues could be a factor in gradual decreased bone density and the development of osteoporosis as we age.
What can I do to keep my bones healthy?
You can take a few simple steps to prevent or slow bone loss :
1-Include plenty of calcium in your diet.
2-Pay attention to vitamin D.
3-Include physical activity in your daily routine.
4-Avoid substance abuse
We know that a good night’s sleep is important for general good health and productivity during our waking hours but now we need to add one more reason to cultivate good sleep habits: that sound night’s sleep may be keeping our bones healthy and strong.
Sleep is a necessity as critical to life as breath, and it affects every aspect of your life — from your productivity to your health to your mood. While most of us assume that sleep hours cut into our productive hours, we’re actually more productive when we get sufficient sleep! So while it may seem counterintuitive, your production will increase because you’ll have more energy and be able to think more clearly while working smarter and more efficiently.