Sarto co-authors article on sleep and bone density

Tags: Gloria Sarto, reproductive and population health, research, publication

An article recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research examined whether sleep patterns are associated with bone mineral density includes Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health among its co-authors.

Short Sleep Is Associated With Low Bone Mineral Density and Osteoporosis in the Women's Health Initiative” is a cross-sectional study using data collected by the Women’s Health Initiative comparing self‐reported usual hours of sleep and sleep quality with whole body, total hip, femoral neck, and spine bone mineral density. According to the study,

Short sleep duration was associated with lower BMD and higher risk of osteoporosis. Longitudinal studies are needed to confirm the crosssectional effects of sleep duration on bone health and explore associated mechanisms.

Read the whole paper here, and check out the coverage in the New York Times. Congratulations to Dr. Sarto and all involved!