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Minerva Pneumologica 2012 December;51(4):141-52

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Effects of sleep loss and selected sleep disorders on health and disease

Abdennadher Belisle M., Pavlova M. K.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


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Loss of sleep can result from multiple medical and psychiatric conditions as well as from primary sleep disorders. Large epidemiological studies indicate that obstructive sleep apnea a higher risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Insomnia, as well as sleep restriction may increase worsen cardiac disease. Metabolic consequences of poor sleep include higher risk of diabetes and obesity. Parasomnias may be seen in association with various conditions, for example of REM behavior disorder is frequently associated with Parkinson’s disease. Tables with specific research studies and their main findings are provided for detail.

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