“The less sleep you get, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more sleep you get, the less your genes determine how much you weigh”
For many years there have been links between shift workers and heart disease. It seems that the less you sleep or the more your sleep routine and rhythm is broken up and disturbed, the higher the risk for heart disease.
This makes sense from many angle as we know the liver cleans overnight. The liver is very influential on heart disease so if the liver is stressed then the heart will be weaker over time. Also, stress is lowered when you sleep and stress is related to heart attacks. DNA damage is removed while we sleep which again, lowers stress on the cardiovascular system during the day.
“A lot of people and many physicians don’t ask about sleep. The first thing is to talk to their patients and also for the patients to talk to their doctors about their sleep and discussing sleep as one of the many important health behaviors like diet and exercise”.
Kristen Knutson, sleep researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Chicago.
Taiwan researchers found that people who slept badly, inconsistently or with insomnia, were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes as those who slept well. The study covered more than 43,000 people ages 45 or older who were part of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, over four years and was presented on Sunday November 4, 2012, at the American Heart Association meeting in Los Angeles.
“Doctors should add sleep disturbances to the list of modifiable factors that may help prevent heart disease, including high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diet”
Dr Chien-Yi Hsu, lead researcher, Division of Cardiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital.
The summary is simple: those with insomnia were 2.3 times more likely to have a heart attack and twice as likely to have a stroke than those who didn’t suffer from the sleep disorder.
Get. More. Sleep.
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