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Do Sleepless Nights Really Make Us Age Faster?

We’re told so many times to stay out the sun to avoid premature aging, to not read in the dark to avoid damaging our eyes. We’re told to stay fit and exercise regularly so our bones stay strong as we age. A huge proportion of our lives seems to revolve around precautionary measures to protect us against the inevitable aging process. Some things we hear are myths, but some hold a lot of truth. One thing we can now be certain of is that a lack of sleep has been shown in a study to fast-track our aging process.

In a study conducted at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, professor Steve Horvath discovered that women who were not sleeping well, were biologically older than women of the same age who were sleeping well. Horvath developed a biological clock to use in the study, in order to assess the internal age of women and compare it against their actual age.

A good nights sleep restores the body, but a disturbed night interrupts restorative sleep and as a result seems to fast-track aging. Data was taken from 2000 women and using Horvath’s biological clock it was found that postmenopausal women who had five or more symptoms of insomnia, were biologically almost two whole years older than other women of the same age within the group. This is a staggering result when you put it into context.

Menopause is the devil of aging, even before lack of sleep. It actually speeds up the process by roughly 6 percent! This means that the younger you are when you start menopause, the quicker you will start aging biologically. Add sleepless nights into the mix and you have a recipe for a fast-track ticket.

Could LaBalance Help?

Could LaBalance Help?

LaBalance has been described as a ‘miracle’ and a ‘life saver’, but what can it do for sleep? Many women have reported a better quality of sleep when wearing their LaBalance as instructed. In fact, this is one of the reasons that women continue to wear the device long after menopause. Even if their hot flushes, mood swings and other major symptoms have stopped, LaBalance can still help improve sleep, skin, hair and libido.

If early aging wasn’t enough of a problem, lack of sleep brings a whole host of other issues. Stress is at the top of that list, lack of energy and brain fog are more obvious. A good night’s rest will help a multitude of problems and feelings, but a bad one has the opposite effect. We’ve always emphasised the importance of good sleep as a way to tackle stress. If you’re struggling to get enough shut-eye you might be interested in reading our recent blog post about the link between sleep and stress. Here, we suggest a number of methods to try to improve your quality of sleep.