The Importance Of Sleep For Heart Health

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Sleep is an essential element in a human life. It is not only a moment to relax and forget about the hard day but is directly related to the cardiovascular health conditions of a human being. The moments when you take, a long deep rest allows your body to undergo a chemical reaction, which makes lowers the blood pressure and the rates of heart beats. The relationship between the sleep and a healthy heart is interrelated as they influence each other.

Your cardiovascular condition has a direct impact on your sleep, while your sleep patterns and amount affects the conditions of your heart. Studies show that poor sleep is a major cause of heart diseases. Therefore, it is essential to check your sleep conditions as a smart way to beat the heart problems.

Effects of Little Sleep On The Heart

A recent study involving 3,000 adult respondents over 45 years of age found that the risk of having a stroke or heart attack doubled in the respondents who slept less than six hours a night. This finding confirms that enough sleep is essential regardless of the age, exercises, smoking habits, or the person’s weight. There is still no clear understanding of why little sleep is injurious to the health condition of the heart.

However, research shows that too much little sleep disrupts the important health and biological processes. This interruption is linked to effects such as atherosclerosis, which clogs the arteries causing coronary heart disease. Poor sleep is also linked to heart failure, stroke, heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Sleep and Inflammation

Inflammation is the process through which the human body reacts to the diseases, infections or injuries inflicted on the body. The human body reacts differently by producing certain chemical substances, some of which have a negative effect on the cardiovascular conditions. Poor sleep increases the C-reactive proteins that indicate an inflammation problem and consequently affect the cardiovascular system. Additionally, the poor sleep increases the production of the stress hormone that has a direct impact on the heart’ condition. It is known that stress hormones may increase the heart beat rates, increase hypertension, and cause high blood pressure.

Sleep Apnea

A major pointer to the importance of sleep to a healthy heart is the correlation between sleep apnea and heart health conditions. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs at night that makes the patients have frequent interruptions to their sleep forcing them to frequently wake up at night.

The prolonged sleep interruptions build up high blood pressure in the day and a higher chance of having cardiovascular problems. One Study on sleep apnea and heart conditions found out that on an eight-year period, males with this condition had a 58 percent higher likelihood of developing heart failures than those without such a condition.

Sleeping Habits

Even without sleep apnea, one may experience interrupted sleep due to unhealthy sleeping habits, placing such person at higher cardiovascular attack risk. The poor sleeping may be caused by unhealthy sleeping habits, changes in the working habits or even changes in the environment.

Long time exposure to these poor sleeping habits, from younger ages takes a toll on the heart’s health conditions at their later life. The poor sleeping habits affect the cholesterol levels, blood pressure, hypertension, body mass index, and waist sizes, which are essential in determining the heart’s health conditions.

It is, therefore, crucial that positive sleeping habits are observed as early as ones’ childhood. To have better health condition of the heart, one should always check their sleep and always have enough sleep every night.