relation between sleep and heart

How the lack of sleep affects the Heart

2 years ago

In today’s life where every individual is overburdened in both work and personal lives, sleep indeed becomes a luxury for most of them. Yet good night’s sleep is widely recognized as a significant factor in preserving healthy overall health and cardiovascular health, in particular, said Dr. Dinesh Sehgal, Interventional Cardiologist. It is not entirely clear why less sleep is harmful to heart health, but researchers recognize that too little sleep causes disturbances to underlying health conditions and biological processes such as glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and inflammation.

How sleep disturbance and Heart health is related

Common sleep disorders like Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects the quality and duration of sleep and in turn affect the cardiometabolic health. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which breathing starts and stops multiple times during sleep because the tongue or throat tissues block the airway and generally called snoring. Insomnia is another sleep disorder in which it is difficult to sleep. Over time, poor sleep can also lead to unhealthy habits that can hurt your heart, increases stress levels, less motivation to be physically active, and unhealthy food choices.

Adults who sleep less than 7 hours a day are more likely to have health problems, including heart attack, asthma, and depression. These health problems raise the risk of Heart disease, heart stroke, and Heart attack.

What to do for a sound sleep?

1. Follow a regular sleep schedule. A person should have fixed time to go to bed and getting out of bed including weekends.

2. Taking natural light i.e Sunlight is good for health. Go for a walk early morning to get the sunlight.

3. Keep yourself activated through physical activity.

4. Keep yourself away from any gadget just before the sleep time.

5. Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark.

Research has shown that Sleep disorder doesn’t affect the cardiovascular health of adults only but it can bring health issues in adolescents too. Teenagers who don’t sleep well are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular issues. They may have higher cholesterol levels, higher body mass ratios, larger waist, higher blood pressure, and elevated risk of hypertension. Thus, this shows that maintaining healthy sleep order is a necessity at every age. If you feel have cardiac problems and not able to sleep as well, consult your Cardiologist as early as possible.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. does not claim responsibility for this information.

Seema Jain

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