New Study Shows Sweet Spot for Good Night’s Sleep is beneficial for Heart Health


With the racing thoughts and the kind of stressful life that we lead, it often does become quite hard to catch a good night’s sleep, isn’t it? It is beneficial to get a good 6-8 hours of sleep every night to ensure that your body has the ample and required rest to carry on with the next day without affecting the health negatively. While the sleep sure does affect our overall well being, it is our heart health that is the most glaringly at stake when we lack proper sleep.

A new study (R) conducted by the scientists of the European Society of Cardiology sourced a link between the sweet spot of six to eight hours of sleep every night being beneficial and indispensable for an overall amazing heart health of an individual. Anything or even less then that have the capability of negatively affecting the overall cardiovascular system of an individual. The findings of the study were presented in the ESC Congress 2018.

The author as well as famous of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, Athens, Greece, Dr Epameinondas Fountas stated saying that we spend around one third of our life sleeping but fail to recognize its ardent important for the overall well being of the cardio vascular system.

The primary focus of the study was to find the relationship in between the sleep deprivation and cardiovascular diseases by leveraging Meta analysis with the previously conducted study concerning the same topic. The researchers found while conducting the Meta analysis that there were over 11 studies in this subject with the involvement of over 1 million people without any probably condition concerning their heart health.

The researchers further focused on two separate groups – one which had around 6 hours of sleep and the other which run on 8 hours of sleep on the whole and there results were compared to that of the reference group who had around 6-8 hours of sleep.

As a conclusion, the researchers found that both the group of people who either had longer hours of sleep or even shorter hours sleep in comparison to the optimum levels are exposed to more risks of cardiovascular diseases as a possible cause of death in later years of life. It was found that it very well could either be coronary artery disease or even stroke that could be the possible reason of death.

It was found that in comparison to people who slept within the time frame of 6-8 hours, people who slept longer or even shorter had heightened risks of 33% and 11% of developing cardiovascular diseases and possible death because of the above mentioned reasons with an average follow up of about 9.3 years.

Dr Fontas further clarified saying that even though they have drawn conclusions between the possible connections between the lack and more of sleep on the heart health of an individual, this requires quite a lot more amount of studies to solidify the reason as to why the same is happening. On superficial grounds, the researchers are suggesting that it could be the correlation between the glucose metabolism, blood pressure as well as inflammation – the combination of which have quite serious implications on one’s overall cardiovascular system.

The study author finally concluded stating that it is not just about the extra lie in or a short night that have detrimental impacts, it is the persistent longer or even shorter hours of sleep during the night that tends to have negative impacts on the overall heart health of an individual. Getting the correct amount of sleep is beneficial to maintain proper and a healthy lifestyle.