GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SLEEPING HABITS GOOD FOR HEART

Happy Monday everyone! We’re back with another good news blog post to get your week started on a positive note. Today we’re sharing a new study which has shown a connection between healthy sleeping habits and a lower risk of heart failure by 42%.

Heart failure affects over 26 million people and new evidence suggests that sleep issues may be a factor in its development. A recent observational study found that adults with the healthiest sleep patterns – those who are early morning risers, sleeping between 7 and 8 hours a day, no frequent insomnia, snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness – experienced a 42% decrease in the risk of heart failure, in comparison to those with unhealthy sleep patterns.

The study consisted of 408,802 participants between the ages of 37 and 73, and were recruited between 2006 and 2010. Incidence of heart failure was collated until 2019, with researchers recording 5,221 cases of heart failure during a median follow-up 10 years later. Following data collection via touchscreen questionnaires, the researchers analysed sleep quality and overall sleep patterns, including whether each participant was a night owl and if they were likely to unintentionally doze off or fall asleep in the day.

It was found that those with the healthiest sleep pattern had a 42% decrease in the risk of heart failure compared to those with unhealthy sleep patterns.

Sleep is really important for our physical health, as seen in this study, plus it’s also vital for our mental health and overall wellbeing. If you find it difficult to get a good nights sleep, check out our Wellness Wednesday blog all about establishing a good sleep routine HERE. We also have recently written an interesting blog featuring a recent study about how weighted blankets have been shown to reduce insomnia which you can read HERE.

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