SAN ANTONIO — Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), and the disruption in nightly sleep it causes, speeds up the aging process, according to preliminary research.
SDB is a common disorder that results in oxidative stress and inflammation and is associated with several age-related health disorders. However, it hasn't been well studied with respect to epigenetic aging.
"To our knowledge, this study is the first empirical study that has linked sleep-disordered breathing with epigenetic age acceleration," Xiaoyu Li, ScD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News.
The study was presented here at SLEEP 2019: 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.