Men who sleep this way more likely to have high blood pressure

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Men who sleep this way more likely to have high blood pressure

Atherosclerosis is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries caused by the growth of plaques.

The growth of atherosclerotic plaques can cause pain, stroke, and heart attack.

Medical science already knows about the association between atherosclerosis and high blood pressure, smoking, and high cholesterol.

Studies have indicated that there is a link between sleep and the development of atherosclerosis.

Recently, researchers investigated this link properly.

And they found that short or fragmented sleep significantly increased the risk of developing atherosclerosis.

These scientists carried out human research at a number of Spanish hospitals. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published the results.

Poor sleep is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

“Sleep deficiency is highly prevalent in Western societies and is related to an increased cardiovascular risk.”

But we don’t have a lot of primary research into sleep and atherosclerosis.

Much of the existing information on the subject is from population studies.

This is the first study looking sleep patterns in the early development of atherosclerosis.

“Large studies linking objectively measured sleep and subclinical atherosclerosis assessed in multiple vascular sites are lacking.”

The study used information from almost 4,000 participants.

“3,974 participants from the PESA [Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis] study were included.”

The study subjects were between 40 and 54 years old.

All of the participants were free of known cardiovascular disease at the outset of the study.

Often, sleep studies use questionnaires to assess sleeping patterns.

This study used a superior method that actually assessed sleep directly.

They fitted the participants with devices (actigraphs) that monitored their sleep – every day for one week.

“Seven-day actigraphic sleep recording was performed in all participants.”

The participants underwent high-tech scans looking at their hearts and blood vessels.

These scans look for the early development of atherosclerosis before it would be diagnosed by a doctor.

“Vascular ultrasound and cardiac computed tomography were performed to quantify non-coronary atherosclerosis and coronary calcification.”

The scans picked up on excessive calcium and atherosclerotic plaques in the heart and blood vessels.

The researchers assigned the participants to four different categories according to their sleeping patterns.

“Groups were defined as very short sleep duration (<6 hr), short sleep duration (6 to 7 hr), normal sleep (7 to 8 hr), and long sleep duration (>8 hr).”

The researchers also quantified sleep fragmentation – repeated short interruptions to sleep during the night.

These short periods of wakefulness make people more tired the next day.

Sleep fragmentation is as important as sleep duration.

People who slept less than six hours per night had a significant increase in the development of atherosclerotic plaques.

“Very short sleep duration was independently associated with a higher atherosclerotic burden.”

Less than six hours of sleep per night increased the risk of atherosclerosis by 27%.

The people with the highest degree of sleep fragmentation fared just as bad.

They were 34% more likely to have numerous plaque deposits in the blood vessels outside the heart.

“Participants within the highest quintile of sleep fragmentation presented a higher prevalence of multiple affected non-coronary territories.”

Sleep duration and fragmented sleep are both significant risk factors in the development of atherosclerosis.

“Lower sleeping times and fragmented sleep are independently associated with an increased risk of subclinical multi territory atherosclerosis.”

The study backs up findings from population data with hard scientific data.

“Unlike previous studies, the atherosclerotic plaque burden was accurately assessed by 2 imaging techniques.”

Prior research showed associations between poor sleep and increased risk of cancer, heart failure, low testosterone, diabetes, and obesity.

Optimizing sleep is fast becoming recognized as one of the most important lifestyle factors for improving health outcomes.

“Thus, recommending good sleep hygiene should be part of the lifestyle modifications provided in our daily clinical practice.”

You should always consult a healthcare practitioner about treating and diagnosing health-related problems.

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