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New Mothers' Sleep Loss Linked to Accelerated Aging

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When new mothers complain that all those sleepless nights caring for their newborns are taking years off their life, they just might be right, according to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers.

UCLA research published this study in the journal Sleep Health.

Scientists studied 33 mothers during their pregnancies and the first year of their babies' lives, analyzing the women's DNA from blood samples to determine their "biological age," which can differ from chronological age. They found that a year after giving birth, the biological age of mother who slept less than ...