Sleeping Habits That Can Affect Your Heart Health: Tips To Improve Your Sleep

Getting enough sleep is important for overall health and wellbeing, but did you know that your sleeping habits can affect your heart health too? According to studies, poor sleep quality and quantity can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions. Therefore, it's crucial to improve your sleeping habits to keep your heart healthy.

  • Sleeping on your stomach: Sleeping on your stomach can put unnecessary pressure on your heart and lungs, making it harder for your body to circulate blood and breathe properly. Instead, try sleeping on your back or side to alleviate this pressure.
  • Snoring: Snoring is not only annoying to your partner, but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop breathing for short periods during the night. Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, which can damage your heart over time. If you snore, talk to your doctor about getting a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea.
  • Sleeping too little or too much: Both getting too little sleep and sleeping too much can have negative effects on your heart health. Studies have shown that people who sleep less than six hours per night are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure and other heart-related problems. On the other hand, sleeping more than nine hours per night can also increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Irregular sleep patterns: Going to bed and waking up at different times each day can disrupt your body's natural circadian rhythm, which can have negative effects on your heart health. Try to establish a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, to keep your circadian rhythm in check.
  • Using electronic devices before bed: The blue light emitted from electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops can interfere with your body's production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. This can disrupt your sleep and have negative effects on your heart health. Try to avoid using electronic devices for at least an hour before bed to improve your sleep quality.

In conclusion, your sleeping habits can have a significant impact on your heart health. By avoiding these sleeping habits, you can help protect your heart and improve your overall health. Remember to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any sleep-related issues, as they can provide you with personalized advice and treatment options.

Dr.Ashish Govil
Senior Consultant
Department of Interventional Cardiology
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