Heart Disease Linked To Sleep Patterns

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We all know that it is essential to get a good nights sleep. This study provides some insight into not only getting to little sleep, but also the impact of to much sleep and it’s impact on the heart.

Researchers examined 3,019 patients, aged 45 years or older participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination 

Heart Disease Linked To Sleep Patterns

Heart Disease Linked To Sleep Patterns

Survey, designed to assess a broad range of health issues. The study showed that people getting less than six hours of sleep each night were two times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack and 1.6 times more likely to have congestive heart failure. Conversely, those individuals that slept more than eight hours a night were two times more likely to have angina and 1.1 times more likely to have coronary artery disease.

Clearly the duration and quality of sleep is an identifiable risk factor for heart disease, robbing your health in a similar manner to poor dietary choices and lack of physical activity. The principal study investigator, Dr. Rohit Arora commented “We now have an indication that sleep can impact heart health, and it should be a priority… based on these findings, it seems getting six to eight hours of sleep everyday probably confers the least risk for cardiovascular disease over the long term.”

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Sleeping 6-8 hours a night is an adequate amount of sleep. I think it is worth noting that it is a good idea to go to bed at the same time every night.