It's no secret that sleep deprivation results in numerous harmful effects, including increasing the risk for obesity, heart disease, and depression, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Research is now starting to suggest that sleep deficiencies can impact your bone health, too.
In 2012, for instance, a study in rats showed that chronic sleep deprivation can cause abnormal bone marrow and bone formation. More recently, scientists discovered that people with sleep apnea are at a heightened risk for osteoporosis. However, more research is needed to definitively link sleep problems with poor bone health. "Despite that we don't have proof [that poor sleep harms bone health], it doesn't mean we shouldn't make sure to get enough sleep," says Dr. Rizzoli.