Heart disease, stroke and insomnia are directly connected with each other according to the latest research conducted in the UK. Burning the candle at both ends increases your risk of suffering from a stroke or heart disease and dying prematurely, new research suggests.
“If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 percent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke,” said Professor Francesco Cappuccio from the University of Warwick Medical School. He also warned: “The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health so you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these life-threatening conditions.”
The professor and co-author Dr Michelle Miller followed up evidence carried out over seven to 25 years from more than 470,000 people from eight countries including Japan, USA, Sweden and the UK. Dr Miller said that chronic lack of sleep leads to the production of hormones and chemicals in the body which increase the risk of developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity and diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke.
Professor Cappuccio also added: “There is an expectation in today’s society to fit more into our lives. The whole work/life balance struggle is causing too many of us to trade in precious sleeping time to ensure we complete all the jobs we believe are expected of us. “But in doing so, we are significantly increasing the risk of suffering a stroke or developing cardiovascular disease resulting in, for example, heart attacks.”
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However, he also warned of the dangers of going too far the other way, as sleeping for too long – more than nine hours at a stretch – can be an indicator of illness, including cardiovascular disease. He advised: “By ensuring you have about seven hours sleep a night, you are protecting your future health, and reducing the risk of developing chronic illnesses. The link is clear from our research: get the sleep you need to stay healthy and live longer.”
The report findings are published in the European Heart Journal.
How to help yourself if you suffer from insomnia
- Tackle lack of sleep/ insomnia, reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease by taking a bath with magnesium salts – about 300-350g per bath, for as long as you need.
- Apply magnesium oil on the body by hand, or spray it all over yourself before going to bed.
- Have a warm magnesium salt foot bath before bedtime – use about 200g of magnesium salt per foot bath. Duration – 20-25 minutes.
- Drink chamomile and peppermint herbal tea before going to bed.
- Have your window slightly open so that you have fresh air in the room all night.
- People sleep better in cool temperatures. It’s better to have a warm blanket than radiators on full heat in the bedroom.
- A walk in the fresh air before bedtime will help to sleep more soundly.
- Develop a routine. What helps you sleep better? Maybe reading a few pages of your favourite book before you go to sleep? Or a warm shower? Whatever it is, use it to your advantage.
- Avoid heavy conversations or thoughts about difficult issues before bedtime. Emotional upsets are a sure way to lead to a sleepless night.
- Do yoga and meditation before you go to bed. If you cannot do yoga – meditation is the easiest option, since it can be done by anyone. There are plenty of meditation tracks on Youtube, and you don’t even have to use them. Just lie down and let your thoughts flow freely.
- Most of all – don’t stress yourself out because you cannot sleep. The more you try, the more you fail. If you cannot sleep, get up, do something easy for a while and wait till you start feeling sleepy. Reading a book helps me. What helps you
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