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The results of a new study suggest that early or late bedtime may be more likely to alter the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health.
Your sleep habits affect many aspects of your health, including your heart. According to a new study, there is actually a sweet spot for heart health to go to sleep: between 10pm and 11pm.
The report, published this week in European Heart Journal — Digital Health, analyzed more than 88,000 adults over a six-year period, trying to understand the relationship between sleep and heart health. The researchers were able to access information about the subject’s lifestyle, demographics, physical activity, and health.
After considering various factors such as lifestyle, stress, gender and more, the study found that there was a 12% increase in heart disease among people who went to bed. between 11 and 23:59. This percentage increased to 25% when people went to bed past midnight. Women seemed to be more affected by these times compared to men, and they were more at risk.
For NBC News, The study’s co-author, David Plans, explained in a statement how circadian rhythms worked and why bedtime could play an important role in heart health. “While we cannot conclude the causality of our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtime may be more likely to alter the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health,” he said.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for most people in the United States, therefore, a prominent concern for most of us. It is influenced by internal factors such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure, but also by external forces, such as smoking, and apparently your sleep habits.
While the results are inconclusive and do not suggest that sleeping earlier will reduce your risk of heart disease, they do imply that there is a connection between good sleep and heart health.
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