Ageing accelerates if you breathe poorly during sleep
Sleep-disordered breathing and sleep disruption are associated with age acceleration, according to preliminary results of a new study.
Results show that each standard deviation increase in the apnoea-hypopnoea index, a measure of sleep-disordered breathing severity, was associated with the equivalent of 215 days of biological age acceleration.
Similarly, each standard deviation increase in the arousal index, a measure of sleep disruption, was associated with the equivalent of 321 days of age acceleration.
"People's biological age might not be the same as their chronological age," said lead author Xiaoyu Li.
“Individuals whose biological age is higher than their chronological age exhibit age acceleration or fast ageing.
“In our study, we found that more severe sleep-disordered breathing is associated with epigenetic age acceleration. Our data provide biological evidence supporting adverse physiological and health effects of untreated sleep-disordered breathing."
Have you had your sleeping tested? Are you worried by these findings?