Lack of sleep linked to heart issues

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Are you getting a good night’s rest?

The amount (and quality) of sleep you get could affect your heart.

According to Dr. Mallika Marshall, a new study says disrupted sleep can wreak havoc on your ticker.

As a nurse in a sleep clinic, Scott Moran knows how important a good night’s rest is professionally and personally. I was diagnosed about 15 years ago with sleep apnea. New research shows people who sleep less than six hours a night may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds an association between poor sleep quality and having more plaque buildup in the arteries throughout the body Dr. Deepak Bhatt is a Cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Having plaque in the arteries say to the heart is what predisposes to heart attacks, and having plaque in the brain is what causes most forms of stroke

Previous studies shows lack of sleep can also increase other heart disease risk factors like blood pressure, inflammation and obesity. But too much sleep could also be bad for the heart. The latest study suggests sleeping more than eight hours a night may increase plaque in the arteries, especially for women. probably the sweet spot for sleep duration is around 7-8 hours, but I should say that is 7-8 hours of really good sleep . Because again the quality of sleep matter it’s not just the quantity That’s the amount of sleep Scott aims to get each night. He encourages anyone having trouble sleeping to see a sleep specialist. snoring waking up more tired than when you went to bed any symptoms like that your alertness doesn’t, memory problems, def get it checked With the help of a CPAP machine, He says he feels well rested every day. 

The study also finds people with short, disrupted sleep are more likely to drink alcohol and caffeine.

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