Heart Care

Lack of Sleep effects Heart

Your heart, being the center of your circulatory system, is highly vital for the proper functioning of your body. However, heart problems eare the leading cause of death, affecting millions of people every year.

While sometimes heart problems are genetic or congenital, in most cases, they can be prevented. Improving your lifestyle, changing your dietary habits, and being aware of different heart problems so timely treatment can be sought can prevent severe consequences.

Sleep is extremely important to your overall health. Sleeping plays an important role in immune function, metabolism, and heart health., High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity have all been linked to a lack of sleep, which may increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. General consensus is that adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep a night

Given the importance of sleep, recognizing a sleep disorder may help you improve your sleep habits and your overall health. Common sleep disorders include:

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes breathing to stop or become very shallow. Symptoms of sleep apnea include dry mouth, snoring, and gasping for breath. Sleep apnea may lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Insomnia

Insomnia is when a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both.  Insomnia is also linked to heart disease.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS): RLS is the irresistible urge to move the legs. RLS generally worsens with age and can disrupt sleep. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your sleep habits. We included a few recommendations from the CDC below:

Get enough physical activity during the day. Try not to exercise within a few hours of bedtime.

Avoid eating or drinking within a few hours of bedtime, especially alcohol and foods high in fat or sugar.

It as been observed that people having diabetes who lost belly fat improved sleep regardless of their age or gender, are at a greater risk

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, talk to your primary care provider. Better sleep may lead to an improvement in your overall health