Insomnia Increases the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Woman suffering from insomnia, looking at the clock

                               Insomnia Increases the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

According to a new research, the fact that you struggle with insomnia might make you more prone to becoming a victim of heart attack or stroke. Qiao He, the author of the research said that sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives. It even takes up a third of our entire lifetime. However, this modern world in which we live makes us not sleep as much as we should. From here, insomnia and many other health issues. According to her, about one third of the people in Germany has suffered at one point from insomnia symptoms.

Insomnia leads to other health issues

So, researchers have recently discovered that insomnia is strongly linked to health issues. However, even if there are indeed links between insomnia and a higher risk of heart diseases and stroke, they are rather inconsistent. This means that they do not happen to a lot of people. Among the symptoms of insomnia there are the difficulty to fall asleep and to wake up in the morning.

The researchers analyzed about 15 studies, involving 160,867 participants. They discovered that the people who were experiencing insomnia symptoms had more important associations with the risk of heart diseases like coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke. Moreover, even a combination of those health issues was possible.

We still do not know everything

According to scientists, we still do not know how exactly those health problems are linked between them. According to some older studies, insomnia could even change a person’s metabolism and endocrine function. Also, it can raise blood pressure. Those are, naturally, factors which often lead to cardiovascular diseases and strokes. It apparently also has to do with the person’s gender. For example, a woman has a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke than a man. However, the differences are not that significant to be considered a crucial factor.

Qiao He said that even if those differences are not necessarily too important, women are indeed more prone to being affected by insomnia. It all reportedly has to do with hormones, genetics and the stress level women experience. Qiao He concluded that people should be more aware of the symptoms of insomnia because they are very important for our health. This is why, children should receive this kind of health education in school, in order to avoid not recognizing insomnia, in the future.

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