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How you sleep could also increase your risk of heart disease by 141%

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Heart disease refers to a group of illnesses that affect the heart and blood arteries. Cardiovascular illnesses, also known as “killer diseases,” are the leading cause of death globally.

According to new research, certain elements of sleep may increase your chance of this disorder by 141 percent.

The connection between sleep and heart disease isn’t new. Going to bed between 10 and 11 p.m. has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease in previous research. However, finding this sweet spot is not sufficient. This link is further explored in a new study.

When it comes to the risk of acquiring heart disease, there are a few apparent things to consider.

Lifestyle choices can make you more prone to the illness, from a bad diet to not getting enough exercise.

Quality of sleep has also been identified as a risk factor.

The study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at several characteristics of sleep, including regularity, satisfaction, alertness during waking hours, sleep timing, sleep efficiency, and sleep duration.

According to the findings, each extra self-reported sleep difficulty was associated with a 54 percent increased risk.

Those who submitted sleep data via self-report and a research device had a 141 percent increase in developing heart disease.

This statistic “could be perceived to be more accurate,” according to the study.

This device was used by 633 of the 6,820 participants.

The participants were on average 53 years old, according to the researchers, because middle adulthood “spans a longer period of time and consists of diverse and more stressful life experiences.”

In order to confirm any prior heart issues, the volunteers were also asked about their health.

They didn’t include high blood pressure because it’s merely a risk factor, not a condition, for heart disease.

Other sociodemographic characteristics and any family history of cardiovascular disease were also noted by the researchers.

In comparison to white individuals, black participants had more sleep issues and a higher prevalence of heart disease, according to their findings.

In general, however, the link between sleep health and heart disease did not change by race, according to the study.

The lead author Soomi Lee added: “These findings show the importance of assessing ‘co-existing sleep health problems’ within an individual to capture the risk of heart disease. 

“This is one of the first studies showing that, among well-functioning adults in midlife, having more sleep health problems may increase the risk of heart disease.

“The higher estimated risk in those who provided both self-report and actigraphy sleep data suggests that measuring sleep health accurately and comprehensively is important to increase the prediction of heart disease.”

The researchers concluded that these data could aid in the development of heart disease prevention techniques.

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