For midlife women, short and poor quality sleep linked to increased carotid atherosclerosis

Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, a Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna, is lead author on a paper that has found links between short and poor quality sleep, and carotid atherosclerosis (the buildup of plaque inside the carotid artery wall which reduces blood flow to the brain). The study was adjusted for other cardiovascular risk factors and hot flashes.