The sleep and the heart
Adequate sleep is very important to maintain heart health. If adults regularly sleep less than 7 hours a night, the risk of a heart attack or stroke increases. A number of studies came to this conclusion. In an interview, a renowned specialist in cardiology explains why sleep is so important to our heart.
Dr. Stephen L. Kopecky is a cardiology expert at the Mayo Clinic. The specialist emphasizes that adequate sleep can help reduce the risk of many heart problems. Individual sleep needs vary from person to person, but as a general rule of thumb, an adult should get seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
Poor sleep promotes unhealthy lifestyles
Recent studies have shown that people who sleep little tend to have unhealthy lifestyles. "It has been shown that other habits are not so good if you sleep too little," emphasizes Dr. Kopecky. For example, the diet of people with little sleep is often less healthy and characterized by more fast food.
Why healthy sleep is so important to our heart
These bad habits usually lead to poorer heart health. In addition, people with little sleep are more likely to skip sports sessions because they are too tired or broken. This also has a negative effect on the cardiovascular system.
Sleep quality is also important
In addition to the length of sleep, according to Kopecky, the quality of sleep is also important for heart health. For example, if there is sleep apnea (breathing interruptions during sleep), there is an increased risk of irregular heartbeat, which in turn is a risk factor for stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac death.
Don't just accept bad sleep
The expert recommends not just accepting too little or poor sleep. In the long term, you are putting your health at risk. "Talk to your doctor about how you can sleep better to improve heart health," advises Kopecky. (vb)
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Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek