Study: Even Adults Seem To Benefit From A Regular Bedtime

It’s not just how much you sleep, but when you sleep that matters. A new study on sleep patterns by researchers from Duke Health and Duke Clinical Research Institute scientists looked at over 1,900 adults. They found those with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within ten years compared to those who slept and woke at the same times every day. Those with irregular sleep patterns were also more likely to report depression and stress, both of which are tied to heart health. Researcher Dr. Jessica Lunsford-Avery explains, “From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep. Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”