How Poor Sleep Can Ruin Your Bone Health

We all know how important it is to get good sleep!

When we are sleeping, the body detoxes, repairs, and rejuvenates.

There is overwhelming research showing how poor sleep can effect everything from obesity and diabetes to autoimmune disease.

But did you ever think that poor sleep could have a negative impact on your bone health?

Well, it appears that it can.

Recent research in to the nature of the circadian rhythm shows considerable implications for bone health.

But what is exactly is the circadian rhythm?

Circadian Rhythm

The term "circadian rhythm" refers to the daily or diurnal biological cycles of the human body. This is primarily mediated by hormones and neurotransmitters that signal the body to tell it when it is day time and when it is night time.

The classic example involves the stress hormone cortisol and the sleep hormone melatonin. In the morning the body releases cortisol to help you feel awake and alert while suppressing melatonin. In the evening, the body begins to suppress cortisol and release melatonin which helps to induce sleep.

Research is beginning to reveal how disruption of this natural cycle can have a negative impact on your bone health.

Important Research

A study conducted by the University of Colorado in Aurora shows that inadequate sleep and the associated disruption of the circadian rhythm, can lead to bone loss in men.

According to lead study author Christine Swanson, MD, the implications of this research are potentially very important.

“If chronic sleep disturbance is identified as a new risk factor for osteoporosis, it could help explain why there is no clear cause for osteoporosis in the approximately 50% of the estimated 54 million Americans with low bone mass or osteoporosis" said Swanson in the press release.

The Participants

Study participants consisted of 10 healthy men between age 20 and 65.

The researchers aimed to determine the effect of imposed circadian disruption with sleep loss, similar to the type of stresses associated with rotating shift work, on the biomarkers of bone metabolism.

Researchers selected the participants based on the stability of their circadian rhythm at the outset of the study. To qualify, the participants must not have worked regular night-shift work within the previous 3 years. They also could not have traveled more than 2 time zones within the previous 3 months.

The Study

Researchers subjected the participants to chronic 28-hour sleep-wake cycles. The cycle pattern consisted of 21.47 hours awake with 6.53 hours of sleep. This schedule was imposed for 3 weeks and was intended to catalyze circadian disruption.

Throughout the 3 week testing period, the researchers measured bone health biomarkers of the participants through plasma samples taken every 2 hours over 24 hours at baseline.

The results of the study showed that circadian disruption had a negative impact on the markers for bone health. Interestingly, the younger participants of the study experienced a more dramatic detrimental effect.


"In summary, this study found that 3 weeks of sleep restriction with a history of circadian disruption can lead to an uncoupling of bone turnover and a potential bone loss for catabolic window,” concluded Swanson.

"These data suggest that sleep restriction and circadian disruption may be most detrimental to bone health during early adulthood, a critical time for attainment of peak bone mass. Further studies are need to confirm these data and to explore the mechanisms of sex differences.”

Bone Health Now

Sleep is not the only factor that influences your bone health. You need to ensure that your bones have the essential nutrients required to build and maintain strong bones.

That is why we Dr. Price developed the Silical System formula. It contains all of the most important vitamins and minerals in the proper ratios to ensure that you can have better bone health now!



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