Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Adequate sleep is must for good heart

Adequate sleep is must for good heart

"But the study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease - a factor we are compromising every day", he added.

To quantify coronary calcification and noncoronary atherosclerosis, cardiac CT and femoral and carotid 3-dimensional vascular ultrasound were done.

Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body not just your heart, says new research out of the American College of Cardiology.

The quality of their sleep - that is, how often they woke during the night, and how long they spent in the deepest phases of sleep - also mattered.

There is an important health warning about your heart and how much you're sleeping, or not sleeping.

Long sleep duration of more than 8 hours was uncommon (4%), and 30.7% fell into the reference group of 7 to 8 hours, but most had short sleep of 6 to 7 hours, or very short sleep duration of less than 6 hours (together 65.3%). Now, a new study sheds light on how a lack of sleep can harm the heart.

Meanwhile, the researchers also noted that while the number of participants who slept for more than eight hours a night was small, women who slept for more than eight hours a night appeared to have an increased risk of atherosclerosis.

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"Depending on your genetics, if you metabolise coffee faster, it won't affect your sleep, but if you metabolise it slowly, caffeine can affect your sleep and increase the odds of cardiovascular disease", he said.

In an editorial in the same issue of the journal, Harvard Medical School professors Daniel J. Gottlieb and Deepak L. Bhatt said further research is needed to determine whether changing sleep behaviors will improve heart health. If you drink alcohol, you may wake up after a short period of sleep and have a hard time getting back to sleep.

Poor quality sleep was associated with 34% higher likelihood of subclinical atherosclerosis, their Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis (PESA) study showed.

'Many people think alcohol is a good inducer of sleep, but there's a rebound effect, ' said senior study author Dr José Ordovás, a researcher at CNIC and a senior scientist at Tufts University.

This study differs from others because it is large and it focuses on healthy people.

If you are someone who doesn't get a lot of sleep a night, you may want to be careful.

Technology that's so integral to our daily lives cannot only jazz up our bedrooms but also improve the way we sleep at night. So we're told to get more sleep, but how much and is it quality sleep?

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