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4 Your Health: How you sleep impacts your health

How you sleep can directly affect your health.

A study from the University of Arizona found a bad night’s sleep could cause an immediate spike in blood pressure. Researchers assessed 300 adults who wore portable blood pressure cuffs for two straight days. They found people who slept poorly had an increase in blood pressure during that night and the next day.

Inconsistent sleep bad for your health

In a separate study, new research shows people without a consistent bedtime and wakeup routine, may face a higher risk for obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.

The study, conducted by Brigham And Women’s Hospital in Boston, tracked 2,000 men and women for six years. It showed that for every hour of variation in a person’s sleep schedule their risk of a metabolic disorder increased by 27 percent.

An app that evaluates coughs

You may soon be able diagnose your child’s cough using your smartphone.

Scientists in Australia have developed an app that can distinguish between respiratory disorders with up to 97 percent accuracy. Using speech recognition technology, the app analyzes specific features of coughs to diagnose asthma, croup, pneumonia, lower respiratory tract disease and bronchitis.

Experts said the app could be especially helpful for patients in remote areas without close access to a doctor.

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney is cohost of Tucson Today, Monday-Friday 5-7 am.
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