Study Reveals Insomnia Increases Risk of Heart Attack by Nearly 70%
27 Feb 2023 • People suffering from insomnia are 69% more likely to experience a heart attack, according to a recent study published in Clinical Cardiology. The study followed patients for an average of nine years, and those who slept five hours or less had the highest risk of experiencing a heart attack. The study also found that people with diabetes and insomnia had double the risk of having a heart attack. The link between sleep and heart health is complex, and includes factors such as sleep quality and regularity. Sleep is crucial for the body to repair itself, manage blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight, which all contribute to heart health. However, sleep deprivation, which is a consequence of insomnia, puts the body under stress, triggering the release of cortisol, which could accelerate atherosclerosis. According to experts, getting at least seven hours of sleep each night is crucial for allowing the body to recover and function normally the next day. Therefore, regulating sleep patterns and addressing risk factors such as blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight can help manage heart disease risk.
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