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Poor sleep health could contribute to inflammatory disease

(Elsevier) A new meta-analysis ... reports that sleep disturbances and long sleep duration are associated with increases in markers of inflammation...
According to [researcher Michael] Irwin, sleep disturbance or insomnia should be regarded as behavioral risk factors for inflammation, similar to the adverse effects of high fat diet or sedentary behavior. Treatments targeting sleep behavior could be a strategy for reversing the inflammation and reducing risk of inflammatory illnesses.
"Together with diet and physical activity, sleep health represents a third component in the promotion of health-span," said Irwin.
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