Sleep On This: Connecting Sleep Habits to Health

Slide from “How is Sleep Related to Obesity? Sleep and Weight Gain,” available on UCTV (click image to go to the program)

Sleep deprivation takes a huge toll on society, and not just because it makes for a cranky population. Poor sleep has been linked to a range of health problems and researchers at the University of California and elsewhere are working to better understand how sleep — or lack of it — impacts our brains and bodies.

Two new UCTV programs highlight sleep research on specific segments of the population: women and older people.

UCTV Prime’s “Sleep, Memory and Age” shows how scientists at UC Berkeley have found a link between poor sleep and the hallmark maladies of old age: memory loss and brain deterioration. Their discovery opens the door to boosting the quality of sleep in elderly people to improve memory.

In Women and Sleep: From Stressful to Restful,” UCSF School of Nursing’s Kathryn Lee explores sleep, fatigue, and circadian rhythms in women.

There are plenty more intriguing sleep research updates from UCTV, which you can browse here. You might also be interested in “Sleep, Stress and Obesity: A Weighty Issue,” a five-part series from UCSF’s Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST), which examines this three-pronged problem from a variety of interesting angles, including how sleep and stress impact our metabolism and brain function, why adequate sleep and stress reduction may be the 21st century pillars of health, and how sleep and stress may explain disparities in obesity risk.

Get in your jammies, grab a warm glass of milk and gain a whole new understanding of of the importance of a good night’s sleep.

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