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Sleep And Heart Diseases

Sleep is a vital criterion for a healthy heart. Insufficient sleep can lead to a higher risk of heart diseases irrespective of age. Good quality sleep is a necessity for bringing down the threat of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Researchers initiated that it is essential for all the people to take six to eight hours of sleep every day. It is also to be noted that a pattern of too little sleep or too much sleep can escalate the danger of suffering from cardiovascular problems.

An ample amount of night’s sleep has a very positive effect on the heart health. Sleep deficiency modifies established cardiovascular risk factors that are mostly known to raise the hazard of cardiac morbidity. Blood flow through the heart and brain contrasts widely during sleep, as do electrical activity in the heart, the elasticity of blood vessels, and the tendency of blood to clot. These are the normal activities of a good normal night’s sleep. Any change in the sleeping pattern will alter the systematic activity of our body.  Lack of sleep has been interrelated with atherosclerosis (cholesterol-clogged arteries), heart failure, heart attack etc.

How does sleep affect the heart?

Certain chemicals are activated due to lack of deep and extended rest that causes the heart rate and blood pressure to drop. Gradually, over time it aggravates blood pressure and increases the probability of heart problems. Various studies have shown that a person with Sleep apnoea is 58% more prone to develop congestive heart failure.

How to develop good sleeping habits?

  • Exercise: Exercise can play an important role in developing good sleeping schedule. Exercise causes body fatigue and helps you fall asleep quickly. Studies, tells that it is significant to plan in 40 minutes of moderate to dynamic aerobic exercise regularly at least three to four times per week.
  • Implement a night routine: A disciplined routine of switching off the electronic gadgets, taking a relaxing hot shower, reading or meditating and praying can be helpful for an adequate good quality sleep.
  • Exempt the usage of stimulants: Eliminate the over use of stimulants like caffeine, drugs, alcohol etc. because it might cause sleep deprivation.


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