Abstract Title:

Contribution of Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, and Antioxidants to the Relationship between Sleep Duration and Cardiometabolic Health.

Abstract Source:

Sleep. 2015 Jul 24. Epub 2015 Jul 24. PMID: 26237775

Abstract Author(s):

Thirumagal Kanagasabai, Chris I Ardern

Article Affiliation:

Thirumagal Kanagasabai


OBJECTIVES: To explore the interrelationship and mediating effect of factors that are beneficial (i.e., antioxidants) and harmful (i.e., inflammation and oxidative stress) to the relationship between sleep and cardiometabolic health.

DESIGN: Cross-sectional data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

SETTING: Nationally representative population sample from the US.

PARTICIPANTS: Age≥ 20 y with sleep data; final analytical sample of N = 2,079.


MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: Metabolic syndrome was classified according to the Joint Interim Statement, and sleep duration was categorized as very short, short, adequate, and long sleepers (≤4, 5-6, 7-8, and ≥9 h per night, respectively). The indirect mediation effect was quantified as large (≥ 0.25), moderate (≥ 0.09), modest (≥ 0.01), and weak (<0.01). In general, inflammation was above the current clinical reference range across all sleep duration categories, whereas oxidative stress was elevated among short and very short sleepers. Select sleep duration-cardiometabolic health relationships were mediated by C-reactive protein (CRP),γ-glutamyl transferase (GGT), carotenoids, uric acid, and vitamins C and D, and were moderated by sex. Specifically, moderate-to-large indirect mediation by GGT, carotenoids, uric acid, and vitamin D were found for sleep duration-waist circumference and systolic blood pressure relationships, whereas vitamin C was a moderate mediator of the sleep duration-diastolic blood pressure relationship.

CONCLUSIONS: Several factors related to inflammation, oxidative stress, and antioxidant status were found to lie on the casual pathway of the sleep duration-cardiometabolic health relationship. Further longitudinal studies are needed to confirm our results.

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