Although it’s a known fact that sleepless nights can cause all manners of health issues, a new Chinese study confirms that insomnia in adults, especially women, can have a severe impact on the cardiovascular system. The paper, which was recently published by a team of medical researchers from the China Medical University in Shenyang, reveals that people who have trouble sleeping at night are 27 percent more likely to develop heart-related issues or to suffer a crippling stroke.
Qiao He, a graduate student at the China Medical University and one the study’s co-author, revealed that sleeplessness is one the most prevalent condition in the modern world. As He pointed out, more and more adults from all over the world have an issue falling asleep or maintaining sleep during the night.
He said that the most likely causes associated with insomnia are work- and family-related stress, prolonged exposure to electronic devices that emit blue light, and, of course, a sedentary lifestyle.
After crunching the numbers, He and her team discovered that adults having trouble falling asleep are 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease or suffering a stroke. On the other hand, those having trouble maintaining sleep are 11 percent more likely to be diagnosed with a heart condition or suffer a stroke.
Finally, all adults who are unable to enter or complete the so-called restorative slumber phase, are 18 percent more prone to developing heart diseases or suffering a debilitating stroke. He added that while some of the reasons for which insomnia can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke are known, most of them remain hidden.
Moreover, the scientist cautioned that the results of this new sleep-oriented study should be taken with a grain of salt, as it does not prove that there’s a cause-effect relationship between insomnia and heart disease/stroke.
For the purpose of this study, He and his team had to review approximately 15 international studies which involved approximately 160,000 participants. He noted that the connection between insomnia and heart disease/stroke is more evident among women than men.
The study’s co-author said that genes, sex hormones, and the way women deal with stress might explain this gap between men and women when it comes to insomnia-induced conditions.
As for recommendations, He declared that she and her team of medical researchers proposed a nation-wide awareness program focused on the dangers of sleeplessness.
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