A recent study, provided in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, put the whole world on notice that chronic sleep problems significantly increase the risk of developing heart and blood vessel pathology.
First of all, it is a question of “vascular catastrophes” that threaten a person’s life - a stroke and necrosis of the heart muscle (heart attack). Researcher Chao He (Qiao He) from China, who is an employee at China Medical University, took an interesting job in studying this issue. Of course, in his experiments, the scientist relied on the results of earlier observations:
- Full sleep is an incredibly important component of life activity for restoring lost strength in a day, as well as for organizing the information received.
- Modern society is increasing its pace of suffering from insomnia every year.
- Lack of healthy sleep adversely affects the human organs and systems.
Together with her research team, the scientist tried to expand knowledge in this area and try to link insomnia and the risks to the heart and blood vessels. She analyzed 15 long-lasting (from 3 to 30 years) experiments, in which more than 160 thousand volunteers took part. The participants in one degree or another suffered from the manifestations of insomnia: excessively slow falling asleep, frequent night awakenings, early rise in the morning, a feeling that even though it was asleep, it did not rest at all. The analysis revealed 11,702 people with complications from sleepless nights, including those from the heart.
With each of these options for insomnia, volunteers had associated cardiovascular and cerebral manifestations (with the exception of the early morning rise). The risks of those people who often could not sleep easily and quickly, were higher by 27% of the risks in the absence of sleep pathology. And if the subjects noted frustration of sleep or ordinary sleep deprivation, then it was possible to calculate the risks by 11% and 18% above the norm, respectively, in each case.
Even in the absence of revealing a particularly significant percentage difference, researchers argue that an insufficient amount of sleep has a female gender in their lives. Women were most susceptible to insomnia, but the harm from it, however, did not exceed that of men. Most likely it is interrelated with the action of female sex hormones and greater susceptibility of women to stress factors.
Chao He called to pay special attention to "female" insomnia. Researchers from the University of Georgia have already come to grips with her research. The conclusions of their experiment were expected: women raising children are more often affected by insomnia than the male half of the population.
So far, researchers have not been able to determine exactly what exactly causes such a detrimental effect of sleep disorders on the cardiovascular system. Earlier it was said about the violation of metabolic (metabolic) processes, the production of abnormal amounts of hormones, activation of the sympathetic nervous system, increasing blood pressure levels. Chao He, herself as a leading expert in a scientific experiment, called first of all to pay attention to himself, and also to inform patients about the possible risks of the course of their disease.