5 Unexpected Ways to Boost Your Bone Density
people in the U.S. are affected by osteoporosis or low bone mass. You already know you should get enough calcium and vitamin D. Here are other habits that strengthen your skeleton.
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Get your Z's
Scoring enough shut-eye (seven to eight hours a night) can be a tall order, but it can go a long way in preventing brittle bones. In fact, a Norwegian study
found that having insomnia was associated with a 52 percent increased risk of osteoporosis. Previous research, the authors note, has shown that sleep problems can be a risk factor for pain conditions. It's also a vicious cycle: People with pain from musculoskeletal conditions are more likely to have trouble sleeping, too. All the more reason to start making sleep a priority—no matter how tough that can be.