Sleep Deprived? Your Heart Feels It, Too


Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. One study revealed people who sleep less than six hours a night and have disturbed sleep stand a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease.

“We’re seeing a trend of poor sleep habits and high rates of obstructive sleep apnea. This is detrimental to our health,” said Douglas Kosmicki, MD, CHI Health interventional cardiologist. “We need to form good sleep habits and treat obstructive sleep apnea if it is present. This is a necessity, especially for your heart health.”

For a healthier heart, you should get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Quick tips for good sleep:

  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, relaxing and a comfortable temperature
  • Remove electronic devices (TVs, computers, smartphones) from the bedroom
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol before bedtime
  • Avoid tobacco/nicotine
  • Get physical activity during the day — it can help you fall asleep more easily