Cardiovascular Disease Paired With Insomnia Still Mystifies

health, insomnia, cardiovascular disease

Evidence is supporting the belief that cardiovascular disease increases dramatically with insomnia symptoms. The results have been released from the European Heart Journal.  The study supports the premise that cardiovascular disease paired with insomnia still mystifies doctors.

Past studies found that those with sleep problems – or insomniacs – have a tolerable increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but still a significant one, ranging from 27 percent to 45 percent. In the past doctors knew that a lack of sleep did impact a wide expanse of health issues, such as high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack.

The latest investigation in Norway evaluated 54,279 people between the ages of 20 and 89 in a longitudinal study spanning 11-years. With these recent findings from the 11-year study, researchers are better able to reach more conclusive evidence about the troublesome link between cardiovascular disease and insomnia.

Although, this longer and more involved study has proven an undeniable connection between insomnia and cardiovascular diseases, researchers want to make sure that people understand they have not unveiled how insomnia can cause heart failure.

Further research is necessary before determining how exactly insomnia may be contributing – or causing – heart problems.

Thus, even though they did find that sleep problems are more conclusively paired with higher risk of heart failure, the causal relationship between cardiovascular disease paired with insomnia still mystifies medical researchers.

Nearly six million adults in the United States have agonized over heart failure, which has been noted as causing 55,000 deaths as stated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The more conclusive findings showing that insomnia does have an impact on heart disease has been described in more detail below.

  • Those suffering from insomnia symptoms were identified as having higher risks of developing heart failure than those who slept peacefully
  • Those who had several complaints related to insomnia people had a higher risk for heart disease later on
  • Those who named three specific symptoms were identified as having triple the risk of cardiovascular disease with heart health: inability to fall asleep difficulty staying awake, and not feeling rejuvenated in the morning

Other important facts released from the study will hopefully educate people on the grave risk of losing too much sleep over a long duration of weeks, months or even years.  Here are the main warnings for people concerned with the loss of sleep:

  • Less than six hours a night increased the risk of the problem of cardiovascular disease 48 percent, and the danger of stroke went up 15 percent
  • Problems breathing that are manifested through snoring, or sleep apnea was identified as closely linked to heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases
  • Finally blood pressure tends to increase with lack of sleep which contributes the risks of cardiovascular diseases

Scientists explained that insomnia has been identified with calcium accumulation in arteries.  Insomnia has also been known to increase problems in the central nervous system. More definitive answers on why insomnia negatively impacts cardiovascular health may be rooted in these areas. Further research is still needed before the mystery of why insomnia paired with cardiovascular disease causes problems.

By Danelle Cheney


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One Response to "Cardiovascular Disease Paired With Insomnia Still Mystifies"

  1. Therapist60   December 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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    One can argue all day about the effectiveness of mindfulness and meditation for sleep or one can try it for themselves and discover the truth. I suggest the second option. It is worth trying.


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