Healthy sleep habits have been found out to help reduce the risk of heart failure in humans by 42%, according to a study recently carried out. Adults who maintain the healthiest sleep patterns, i.e those who sleep for about 8 hours a day with less insomnia experience reduction in heart failure risk compared to people with unhealthy sleep patterns.
Heart failure is reported to affect over 26 million people, and most of it result from sleep problems. Sleep problems have been reported to play a significant role in heart failure development.
The study described healthy sleep habits as sleeping 7-8 hours per day, rising early in the morning, and experiencing no frequent insomnia. The study included 408,802 UK participants within the ages of 37 and 73 that were recruited between 2006 and 2010. The researchers recorded 5, 221 cases of heart failure after collecting data of incidence of heart failure until 2019.
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Researchers analyzed the quality of sleep and overall sleep patterns after data were collected via touchscreen questionnaires. They also analyzed whether the participant were likely to doze off unintentionally or was a night owl.
The healthy sleep score we created was based on the scoring of these five sleep behaviors, Our findings highlight the importance of improving overall sleep patterns to help prevent heart failure. Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D
Participants with the healthiest sleep pattern had a 42% reduction in heart failure’s risk after adjusting for health issues such as hypertension and factors like diabetes, medication use, genetic variations and other co-varieties.
The researchers also discovered the risk of heart failure independently correlated with other factors. They also noted unknown or unmeasured adjustments might have affected the findings, however the strength of the study include large sample size, novelty, and prospective study design.