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Does a lack of sleep lead to anemia?

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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Both lack of sleep and anemia can lead to feeling tired and fatigued.
Anemia is caused by either blood loss, cell destruction or insufficient production. In women, iron deficiency anemia and excessive bleeding during menstruation are the most common causes. Lack of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 also cause a different form of anemia. There are also genetic diseases that result in anemia.

In brief: No

Both lack of sleep and anemia can lead to feeling tired and fatigued.
Anemia is caused by either blood loss, cell destruction or insufficient production. In women, iron deficiency anemia and excessive bleeding during menstruation are the most common causes. Lack of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 also cause a different form of anemia. There are also genetic diseases that result in anemia.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really.

A lack of iron leads to anemia.
If you have been diagnosed with anemia, treatment is fairly simple and routine. Anemia can be a contributing cause for poor sleep, so treating the anemia can improve sleep quality. A simple test can provide more information if a diagnosis has not yet been made. See a physician for definitive help.

In brief: Not really.

A lack of iron leads to anemia.
If you have been diagnosed with anemia, treatment is fairly simple and routine. Anemia can be a contributing cause for poor sleep, so treating the anemia can improve sleep quality. A simple test can provide more information if a diagnosis has not yet been made. See a physician for definitive help.
Dr. Robert Ryan
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Dr. William Byars
I agree with Dr. Ryan and would add that iron deficiency anemia sometimes causes restless leg syndrome, a common cause of insomnia. This is likely to be what Dr. R. was referring to re the poor sleeping.
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