Short Sleepers predisposed to Heart Attack
Short sleepers, are typically defined as people who sleep for less than six hours a night. Studies have shown that, these people are at higher risk of getting heart attacks, in comparison to those who get at least seven hours of sleep.
Heart AttackHeart attack is a term, used quite often, but known less of. Heart attack occurs, if the flow of blood to the heart muscles is suddenly obstructed due to a blockage. This blockage, if not resolved, can lead to subsequent damage to the heart muscles. These heart muscles are responsible for the pumping of blood to the various organs of our body, and helps in proper functioning of our body. So any damage caused to them, will consequently cause damage to the functioning of our body. Therefore, Heart Attack may sometimes be life threatening.
Stress It has been demonstrated by many studies, that stress is the major predisposing factor for development of Heart Attack. Stress is medically defined as a response to a stimulus, which disturbs the equilibrium of our body. This in turn causes an increased secretion of ‘Flight and Fight Hormone’; medically known as the adrenaline hormone. This hormone causes the constriction of blood vessels and increases the blood flow to the heart. This constriction of blood vessels, if maintained for a prolonged duration; as happens in the case of chronic stress; can be detrimental to the body.
Benefits of a Good Night’s SleepSleep is a period, where our body cells are undergoing repair. It de-stresses our body, and rejuvenates our senses. This is very important, for preparing our body for the hectic day ahead. It has proven benefits in improving our immune system, relaxing our nervous system, and also increasing the life-span.
What is the risk?As per the studies, the risk of getting heart attack increases to five folds in people who slept for less than six hours, over duration of 14 years. All the more, the sleep should be sound, so as to help a person experience the deepest stage sleep. If this is not achieved, then one may develop hypertension, or raised B.P. (Blood Pressure) during the course of their life. High Blood pressure can subsequently cause Coronary Artery Disease and other heart problems.
Tips for getting a good night’s sleep
• Try and fix a regular time for both sleeping and waking up.
• Don’t eat big meals at night.
• Practice Deep Breathing exercises
• Cut down the caffeine intake