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Duration of Sleep Can Increase Risk of Falling

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Compared to women who slept the recommended seven to eight hours a night, those who slept for less than five hours or more than 10 were about 25 percent more likely to suffer from recurrent falls
  • Along with sleep duration, poor sleep quality, insomnia and other sleep disturbances were also associated with an increased risk of recurrent falls
  • Sleep disturbances have a direct influence on falls and fractures by influencing bone turnover and muscle strength
  • Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury and death worldwide
  • Every year, more than 37 million falls occur that are severe enough to require medical attention, and 646,000 people die as a result, most of them aged 65 years and older

Falls may not grab headlines like more sensational causes of injury, but they rank as the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury and death worldwide. Every year, more than 37 million falls occur that are severe enough to require medical attention, and 646,000 people die as a result, most of them aged 65 years and older.

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 older adults falls each year, and the risk increases with age. Failing vision and hearing can contribute to fall risk, as can changes in cognition that may occur with age. Other health conditions like diabetes, foot problems, low blood pressure, muscle weakness and even heart disease may also affect your balance and increase your risk of falling.


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