Loss of Sleep Linked to Heart Disease & Stroke in Women by Dr. Shayna Mancuso
In our fast-paced world of deadlines, dinner parties and diapers, we have begun to view sleep as a luxury instead of an absolute necessity. A study from the University of Pittsburgh now suggests a link between lost sleep and an increase in risks factors for heart disease and stroke.
The research team assessed 256 women between the ages of 40 and 60. They discovered that plaque buildup in blood vessels rose for every hour of sleep lost. The highest amount of arterial wall thickening was seen in women who slept only five to six hours a night. They also found that women who reported poorer sleep also had more thickening of their blood vessels.
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