Poor Sleep Boosts Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack
There's more evidence that poor sleep can be damaging your physical health. A study at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences found a link between low quality sleep and heart attack and stroke risk.
The researchers had access to a study of 657 Russian men, ages 25 to 64, who had no history of diabetes, stroke, or heart attack. The study began in 1994 and they assessed both sleeping patterns and the incidence of heart attack and stroke in the men during the next 14 years.
Men with a sleeping disorder were found to have a 2 to 2.6 times greater risk of heart attack and 1.5 to 4 times greater risk of stroke, compared to men who did not have trouble sleeping. The results were presented at the recent conference of the European Society of Cardiology.
It is estimated that around 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. have some form of sleep disorder,
Adults should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you regularly get less sleep than that, it's recommended that you discuss this with your doctor.