Getting those recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night might be difficult, but your heart will thank you for each night of good sleep it can get. Heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and increased risks for heart attack have been linked to poor sleep.
WHAT DOES SLEEP HAVE TO DO WITH MY HEART?
- Short sleepers (less than 6 hours) are more at risk for heart health issues.
- Short sleepers have a 48% increased risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease (CHD) and 15% greater risk of developing or dying from stroke1.
- Sleep disruptions leads to more health risks.
- The body goes through several physiological cleaning processes while asleep, including glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and inflammation2. When these processes are interrupted, from lack of sleep or a sleep disorder, you are missing out on these crucial cleanings and increase your risk for developing health issues.
- Good sleep helps your heart reduce its workload.
- Your heart rate and blood pressure go down when you sleep. The longer you have high quality, uninterrupted sleep, the longer your heart benefits from this reduced workload.
- Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Sleep apnea—brief moments where you stop breathing while you sleep— has been directly linked to heart disease and stroke4. The fix? Get tested and treat your apnea.