Have trouble drifting off? You may be at risk of heart failure

Norwegian Study reaffirms the link between sleep deprivation and cardiovascular health

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, followed more than 50 thousand people over a period of more than a decade, research showed that those who suffered from poor sleeping patterns on regular occasions were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular issues, in this case where the heart fails to pump correctly.

Sleep experts and medical professionals stress that more research is required in to the full extent of the link.

The study analysed results from subjects between the ages of 20 and 90, research indicated that those who struggled to get to sleep and those who regularly woke up prematurely were more likely to suffer from heart problems.

Participants were quizzed on whether they had trouble drifting off to sleep and whether they felt fully rested in the morning. Those who had trouble falling asleep were as much as three times more likely to suffer from heart failure and those who repeatedly felt exhausted each morning were also at risk.

Stress Hormones

When you suffer from sleep deprivation your body can release harmful stress hormones that both keep you awake and impact on your health.

Insomnia is a problem for many people, this news isn’t likely to ease their concerns. There is something of a continuous cycle between suffering from insomnia, suffering from stress and therefore exasperating the condition.

Some Good News

The good news is that many of the lifestyle changes you can do will not only help prevent insomnia, but will simultaneously improve your overall health.

Changes such as getting more exercise, preventing snoring and cutting out smoking can all have major potential benefits.

So really it’s never been a better time to improve your sleeping pattern, particularly with the amount of research that’s being released in recent weeks.
By Richard Owen


A Good Night's Sleep is what Women Want for Mother's Day

If you’re pondering over the perfect gift for your mother coming up to this weekend (Mother’s day is the 10th of March just in case you forget) then it appears that a good night’s sleep is what women really want.

A survey conducted by 1,000 mothers was conducted by the online discount site, Netvouchercodes.co.uk..

A healthy night’s sleep and a lie-in came top of the poll with 20% of the vote, mothers were asked the question of what would be their perfect gift this Mother’s day, aside from the usual choices of flowers and chocolates.

In second place was spending quality time with the family, many mothers find it difficult to do so particularly with a full-time job.

Other less popular results were the opportunity to have someone cook for them, a hot cup of tea, a clean house, an iPad and rather heartlessly with 1% of the vote, cold hard cash.

But many mothers are simply hoping for the rare opportunity to stay in bed this Sunday, this seems like a fairly simple idea but given the stresses and strains of work and home-life many mothers simply don’t get the required amount of sleep each night.

How can I give someone a good night’s sleep as a gift?

This is a very sensible question, after all it is essentially up to the individual to make lifestyle changes that will improve their sleeping pattern but one thing we can all do to improve our sleeping patterns is to cut out snoring.

Snoring affects most of us to some degree, either through our own snoring or though another member of the family. Snoring can have a potentially negative affect on our sleeping patter, leaving many people tired in the mornings after they failed to get their recommended daily allowance.

Snoring is actually one of the leading causes of sleep deprivation, if we occasionally have no control over work and domestic commitments then snoring is definitely something that can be prevented easily.

Sleep Deprivation is a topic that has been covered extensively in recent weeks by some of the most respected media sources in the United Kingdom, from the Guardian to the BBC. Studies show that just a week of sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on our genes, in the process sleep deprivation can damage our immune system leaving us more vulnerable to regular, every day issues such as cold, flu and other common viruses.

Recent studies have also shown that there is a link between snoring and our cardiovascular health. Habitual snorers were found to have thinner walls within cartoid arteries, these are common within smokers too, damage to these arteries can potentially cause difficulties in your heart, particularly high blood pressure and diabetes.

If snoring is a potentially treatable problem then we should be doing more as a society to actively correct the problem.

So what we’re essentially asking is either to cut out your mother’s, your partner’s snoring or better yet, sort out your own snoring problems.

How to stop snoring?

As we’ve already stated, snoring is one of the most common causes of sleep deprivation but is also one of the most treatable.

Surgery

Many people find that surgery is an effective treatment, surgery does offer high levels of success in preventing the problem but as with any surgical procedure it can cause potentially harmful side effects. Surgery is considered one of the more drastic methods to curing such a preventable problem, in addition the procedure is considered to be pretty invasive.

CPAP

Continous positive airway pressure is a proven way to prevent the problem but it certainly isn’t without its problems, the process involves wearing a mask while you sleep that continuously pumps air in to your throat, this in turn prevents snoring and sleep apnea.

This is also a rather drastic method, many have found that the machine is somewhat cumbersome and is uncomfortable to wear every night.

Mandibular Advancement Device

This is what we’re advising as the ideal way to prevent habitual snoring and sleep apnea, this is a method that’s clinically proven to produce results without the hassle and unnecessary stress that comes with surgery and CPAP.

This is also a cost effective method compared with other treatments, so we advise you try one a mandibular advancement device before the more drastic options.

So why not get yourself the perfect gift for Mother’s day with a stop snoring device (although some flowers probably wouldn’t go a miss).

By Richard Owen


Do You Snore? Download this App to find out!

Do you Snore? Talk in your Sleep?

Find out with Sleep Recorder – a FREE Windows Phone App

Do you snore – or if you talk in your sleep? Does your wife, husband or partner swear that they don’t snore? Sleep Recorder is an interesting Windows Phone app that records audio while you sleep and could help you answer those questions.

As well as recording your sleep cycles, Sleep Recorder also maps out where you’ve spent the night and uploads recordings to the cloud where they can be shared with others. Sleep Recorder is a unique app for your Windows Phone that can not only solve sleep related curiosities but also help identify sleep issues.

There is a free version of Sleep Recorder that is ad-supported in the Windows Phone Store. However if you want to buy a version that is advertisement free, Sleep Recorder Pro is also on the website at a special price of of $0.99 (£0.65).

By John Redfern