Getting a good night’s sleep reduces your risk of heart failure by more than 40 percent, according to a study.
- Tulane researchers estimated data from more than 400,000 anonymous Britons
- Compared self-assessment of the quality and duration of sleep with a history of heart problems
- Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns are 42% less likely to have heart failure
People who regularly get a good night’s sleep and are on a healthy nightly routine are at lower risk of heart failure than those who struggle to take a nap.
A study of more than 400,000 Britons found that adults with the best sleep patterns had a 42% reduced risk of heart disease compared to those with an unhealthy sleep relationship.
The discovery also takes into account other factors such as age, genetics and the presence of conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
About 7.4 million people live with cardiovascular disease in the UK, more than twice as many as cancer and Alzheimer’s combined.
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A study of more than 400,000 Britons reveals that adults with the best sleep patterns have a 42% reduced risk of hearing disease compared to those with an unhealthy sleep relationship (stock)
Academics from the University of Tulane in New Orleans took data from the British Biobank and gave the anonymous participants a “sleep assessment” based on the data provided by them.
This was compared to their history of heart health for ten years, and the data revealed a trend between the two.
The “sleep result” is based on five behaviors: sleep duration, insomnia, snoring, whether they are early birds or night owls, and suffer from daytime sleepiness.
The findings add to the emerging evidence that sleep problems may play a role in the development of heart failure.
The author, Professor Lu Qi of Tulane University, said: “The result of healthy sleep that we have created is based on the evaluation of these five sleep behaviors.
“Our findings underscore the importance of improving overall sleep patterns to prevent heart failure.”
Data analysis and questionnaires were used to investigate the relationship between healthy sleep and heart failure.
The researchers analyzed data from 408,802 people who were between the ages of 37 and 73 when they were recruited between 2006 and 2010.
Early risers had an 8% lower risk of heart failure, and people who enjoyed seven to eight hours of sleep a night had a 12% lower risk. Lack of frequent insomnia is also associated with a 17% reduction in the risk of heart failure (stock)
Over a 10-year period, they registered 5,221 cases of heart failure. Touch screen questionnaires were also used to calculate sleep performance, quality, and patterns.
The effect of sleep on heart health risk
- Good sleep quality is associated with:
- 8% lower in early risers
- 12% lower in those who sleep 7 to 8 hours a day
- 17% lower in those who did not have frequent insomnia
- 34% lower in people who do not report drowsiness during the day
People with the best sleep patterns are 42% less likely to have heart failure, the researchers found.
Those who reported no daytime drowsiness were 34% less likely to suffer from heart failure.
Early risers had an 8% lower risk of heart failure, and people who enjoyed seven to eight hours of sleep a night had a 12% lower risk.
The lack of frequent insomnia is also associated with a 17% reduction in the risk of heart failure, the researchers also found.
Heart failure affects more than 26 million people worldwide and is expected to increase in an aging population like Britain.
Achieving a good night’s sleep is associated with a number of mental and physical health benefits, including a healthy heart and a strong immune system.
While the NHS recommends that adults get between six and nine hours of boils a night, at least 20% of the population struggles to sleep.
The findings are published in the journal Circulation.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SLEEP PROBLEMS
Poor sleep can lead to anxiety, and anxiety can lead to poor sleep, according to the mental health charity Mind.
Lack of a closed eye is considered a problem when it affects a person’s daily life.
As a result, they may feel anxious if they believe that lack of sleep prevents them from rationalizing their thoughts.
Insomnia is also associated with depression, psychosis and PTSD.
Establishing a sleep regime where you go to bed and get up at the same time every day can help a person spend less time in bed and more time sleeping.
Soothing music, breathing exercises, visualizing fond memories and meditation also encourage the closed eye.
Having free time about an hour before bed can also prepare you for sleep.
If you are still struggling to nod, keeping a sleep diary where you record the hours spent sleeping and the quality of the closed eye on a scale of one to five can be a good thing to show your doctor.
Also pay attention to how many times you wake up at night if you have to take a nap, if you have nightmares, your diet and your general mood.
Sleep problems can be a sign of a basic physical condition, such as pain.
Speaking therapies can help you overcome useless thought patterns that can affect sleep.
While medications, such as sleeping pills, can help break short periods of insomnia and help you return to a better sleep pattern.