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27 June 2016

Poor sleeping habits

Poor sleeping habits may lead to more than just sluggish daytime behaviour. Losing sleep regularly can result in changes to the genes that are responsible for regulating cholesterol levels in the blood. Individuals who are prone to sleep deprivation may have lower concentrations of ‘good’ cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins or HDL) than those who get plenty of shut-eye. Since HDL cholesterol is responsible for removing ‘bad’ cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins or LDL) from the arteries, poor sleepers may be at an elevated risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

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