We all know that sleep is very important even people say we should sleep for at least 8 hours. But men who sleep less than six hours a night could also be an increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those who sleep between seven and eight hours, a new study suggests. The study showed that poor quality sleep of fewer than six hours will increase the danger of coronary-artery disease by twenty-seven percent compared to seven to eight hours of sleep.
Atherosclerosis refers to the build-up of fats, steroid alcohol and different substances in and on the artery walls throughout the body. On the opposite hand, women who slept over eight hours a night had an increased risk of coronary-artery disease.
"Cardiovascular disease may be a major global problem and that we are preventing and treating it victimization many approaches, as well as prescription drugs, physical activity and diet," aforesaid Jose M. Ordovas, the researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid.
"But the study emphasizes that we have to include sleep as one of the major weapons we use to fight heart disease, which is a factor that we are compromising every day," he added. For the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the team included 3,974 bank employees among which all were without known heart disease and two-thirds were men.
In addition, alcohol and alkaloid consumption were found to cause short and discontinuous sleep. "Many folks suppose alcohol may be a sensible inducer of sleep, however, there is a rebound impact. If you drink alcohol, you may wake up after a short period of sleep and have a tough time obtaining back to sleep... And if you do get back to sleep, it's often a poor-quality sleep," Ordovas said.
Lack of sleep has been acknowledged to boost the risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing heart disease risk factors like glucose levels, blood pressure, inflammation and obesity.