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Hot news flash! Menopause, insomnia accelerate aging

(University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences) Two separate UCLA studies reveal that menopause and the insomnia that often accompanies it make women age faster.
The dual findings suggest these factors could increase women's risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death
"Not getting restorative sleep may do more than just affect our functioning the next day; it might also influence the rate at which our biological clock ticks," said Judith Carroll, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, and first author of the sleep study. "In the women we studied, those reporting symptoms such as restless sleep, waking repeatedly at night, having difficulty falling asleep, and waking too early in the morning tended to be older biologically than women of similar chronological age who reported no symptoms."
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