The impact of crummy sleep on your body has been well researched, and now evidence shows that sleep lasting fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart.
Research for years has shown that sleep that is too short (less then 6 hours) or of poor quality due to factors such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea or Snoring increases the plaque or buildup of cells on your heart, but "This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body," José Ordovás, director of nutrition and genomics at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, said in a statement. Jose Ordovás was senior author of a study on these findings, published Monday in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.
These results showed that even if the patient didn’t have pre existing heart disease, or sleep apnea, less than 6 hours of sleep caused build up of bad plaque throughout their body.
Patients who regularly slept less than 6 hours had a 27% increase in plaque build up. Less then approximately 6 hours of regular sleep is also linked to a increased risk of depression and anxiety in both Males and Females equally.
There's also continues to be growing evidence that poor sleep early in life can lead to the development of plaque that can cause Alzheimer's and other degenerative disorders related to adult dementia.
Sleeping greater then 6 hours nightly is crucial, lack of sufficient sleep robs you of the important stages of sleep that your body needs to function properly!
Make it your 2019 goal to get a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep a night! If you or a loved one has questions or wants to learn more about how Snore MD can help you get your best sleep possible, stop into one of our friendly clinics located throughout BC!
About the author:
Michael Davis is Snore MD's Director of Optimal Patient Care and community awareness. Driven by a passion for quality of everyday life, Michael became a Respiratory Therapist in 2009 with the goal of helping Canadians sleep better. With experience in critical care medicine, sleep medicine and pulmonary disorders, Michael leads a team of 15 skilled Sleep Clinicians and Respiratory Therapists to help thousands of British Columbians Sleep Better - Live Better.