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