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Sleep: A Key Factor in Heart Disease
May 28, 2014

Are you thinking you should limit your nap time? No. You should however avoid taking sleeping pills. Recent studies have shown that people who are accustomed to taking sleeping pills to rock themselves into a deep slumber, are at a great risk of succumbing to heart disease. Statistics show that pills usually increase the chances of cardiac disease by nearly 50% which is quite unfortunate if you wish to live a long and healthy life.

This study was conducted in Britain where the drug zolpidem is quite popularly sold under the name Stilnoct for the sleep deprived. Even four doses of this pill which is about 35mg can catapult the risk of cardiac disease by 20 percent. There are people who take sleeping pills almost everyday of the week. How long do you think they have before they are victimized by a cardiac arrest?

On the other hand, sleep deprivation could also be a major factor in developing a cardiac disease. A Harvard University study revealed that people who sleep less than five hours a night are at a greater risk of heart disease while compared to those who stick to the average eight hours or more.

Sleep deprivation can lead to elevated blood pressure, hypertension, increased level of stress hormones, tachycardia, lower glucose level and more such reactions. Also, sleep deprived people often gain weight at a rapid rate and suffer from diabetes. All these symptoms eventually leads to coronary disease.

Youngsters are at a greater risk of succumbing to a heart disease with their unhealthy lifestyle. Sleep apnea is one of the most common disorders which leads to a compromised sympathetic nervous system (SNS), hence resulting in increased blood pressure along with constriction of blood vessels.

  • The only way to avoid a cardiac arrest sometime in your life is to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Turn off all distractions like your phones, laptops, iPads, and anything else with a digital screen.
  • Read a nice book.
  • Listen to serene music.
  • Meditate for a while until you drift off to sleep.
  • Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  • Drink a cup of chamomile tea before bed.
  • Make sure your bedroom is your own little crib that will help you drift to dreamland with no effort.