Your lack of sleep can cause heart disease

There is a slew of health conditions which are plaguing Americans. From diabetes, to blood pressure these are just some health concerns wrecking havoc on the health of Americans. Some health concerns are related, so much so that if one area is unhealthy it can lead to additional health concerns. For examine we already know there is a strong correlation between high blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack. But in some conditions we may not realize their connection with another condition and how one relates to the other.

Case in point lack of sleep can greatly increase your risk of a heart attack. Shocked? You shouldn’t be as lack of sleep has been linked to a number of serious detrimental health effects. And so to fully understand this connection let’s examine sleep and heart disease and ways we can boost our health and reduce our risk.

Sleep and heart disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that your lack of sleep is increasing your risk of heart disease. So much so they have compared it to being as harmful as smoking and even sitting too long.

In their latest findings 657 men from Russia were used observed closely to monitor observe quality of sleep and risk of heart disease. Over the course of 14 years cases of heart attack and stroke were recorded from the participants.

What was uncovered was that those men who reported cases of having a sleep disorder had an increase risk of heart attack by up to 2.6 times higher than those who slept just fine. Additionally, risk of stroke increased by four times in comparison to the men without a sleep disorder.

Because heart disease, in particular, is one of the leading causes of death around the world these findings are quite useful. Understanding the sleep and heart disease connection can then help us find more means in improving heart health and reducing our risk of developing heart disease. Therefore the take home message here is that heart health starts with a solid nights rest.

The importance of sleep

As previously mentioned sleep is important for overall good help. A survey conducted between 1999 and 2004 revealed that 40 million Americans suffer from a variety of sleep disorders and most of them go undiagnosed. As you can see sleeplessness is a large problem that needs to be combated.

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