Heart Disease Could be a Consequence of Poor Sleep

The health consequences of not sleeping well on a regular basis are numerous, and you can add one more to the list.  New research indicates that individuals who sleep poorly or don’t get enough sleep are a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.

The study, conducted by Emory University School of Medicine researchers, surveyed 525 middle-aged people on their sleep quality and sleep duration.  Acute sleep deprivation leads to an increased production of inflammatory hormones and changes in blood vessel function.  The research found that Individuals who reported six or fewer hours of sleep had higher levels of three inflammatory markers: fibrinogen, IL-6 and C-reactive protein.

Previous research has shown that people who sleep between seven and eight hours per night live longest, and that especially short or especially long sleep durations bring higher mortality.