Insomnia Significantly Raises Your Heart Attack Risk
October 31, 2011
Millions of people have chronic insomnia. Billions are spent on pharmacologic and natural treatment options every year. Now a study shows that if you have chronic insomnia, you have up to a 45% increased risk of having a heart attack.
This study followed over 52,000 Norwegians who initially complained about insomnia. After 11 years of follow-up, those that said they had trouble falling asleep daily for over one month were 45% more likely to have suffered a heart attack. Those that couldn’t stay asleep all night had a 30% increased risk, and those that reported unrefreshing sleep had a 27% increased risk. After adjusting for age, sex, marital status, education, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, weight, exercise, shift work, depression and anxiety, people with sleep troubles were found to have the highest risk of having a heart attack.
Something to sleep on.