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Sleepless nights will make you ill.

LACK of sleep causes changes to the body's cholesterol and may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found.

Research conducted by the University of Helsinki in Finland has shown that longterm sleep loss can slow down cholesterol metabolism, leading to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease and illness.

Cardiovascular disease is Britain's biggest killer, responsible for 155,000 deaths each year - or one person every three minutes.

The study found that sleep deprivation over time increases the risk of atherosclerosis, a condition where arteries become clogged up with fatty substances, causing blood vessels to harden and narrow.

By comparing blood samples with the population data, the Sleep Team Helsinki research study found that the genes which regulate and transport cholesterol around the body are less effective in people suffering from sleep deprivation that those getting sufficient rest.

The research results help to explain why cardiovascular disease is more commonly observed in sleep-deprived people.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 25, 2016
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