Facing Insomnia? You Might Be At The Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases

Publish On: 07 Nov, 2019 04:03 PM | Updated   |   Prateek  

A study was carried out about how sleep can affect the human body. The study claims that not sleeping well i.e insomnia can make you prone to strokes, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.

The study involved  4,87,200 people in China and the average age was 51. The people who were involved had no history of stroke or heart attack.

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Following things were asked to the participants if they had it or not:

  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep 
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Trouble staying focused during the day due to poor sleep.

11% of the people faced the 1st one, 10% faced the second and 2 percent faced the third.

These people were then monitored for 10 years and during these years 1,30,032 cases of heart attack and strokes came forward. People who faced all these symptoms were 18% more prone to cardiovascular diseases.

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People who had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep were 9 percent more likely to develop the condition more than the people who did not have this trouble.

Study Author's Narrative:

Liming Li, MD, of Peking University (Beijing, China) said

"The results suggest that if we can target people who are having trouble sleeping with behavioural therapies, it's possible that we could reduce the number of cases of stroke, heart attack and other diseases later down the line,"

"The link between insomnia symptoms and these diseases was even stronger in younger adults and people who did not have high blood pressure at the start of the study, so future research should look especially at early detection and interventions aimed at these groups." 

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