Chronic Insomnia Can Lead to Heart and Stroke Problems

Insomnia is not a new phenomenon. It is almost as old as human existence. However, it has now become much common both among men and women. Given the stressful and hectic lives, we are not able to eat and exercise, which eventually leads to sleep problem in most individuals. To be frank, chronic loss of sleep has been linked with a variety of mental and physical condition such as obesity, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, memory issues and focus problems. It can also result in other problems such as pain, heartburn, hyperthyroidism, restless leg syndrome, stress and anxiety. Recently, a new study from China claims that people with insomnia may have double the chances of developing a heart attack or stroke compared to men and women who sleep well at night.

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heart stroke

“We know that things that contribute to insomnia can increase heart attack risk — issues like diabetes and even stress itself,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, in Los Angeles. He further added:”It’s an interesting finding and builds upon prior research demonstrating increased risk for heart attack associated with insomnia of this order of magnitude,”

This is not all, even the Department of Medical Research at Chi-Mei Medical Center, have linked insomnia, a condition of chronic insomnia to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. To find out this, researchers examined 21,000 insomniacs in Taiwan, China. The medical data that came up helped the researchers to conclusively differentiate the intensity of sleep problems among men and women. Looking at hospital records, the researchers found that the patients with insomnia had a 54 percent increased risk of stroke than non-insomniacs. Even worse, insomniacs with the chronic sleeping disorders when they were younger adults between the age of 18 to 35 years were a eight times more likely to be hospitalized for the serious stroke, compared to who did not have insomnia.


What to do if you have chronic insomnia?

If you are suffering from chronic loss of sleep, there are plenty of remedies to help you out. While lifestyle changes like sleeping and waking at fixed time, eating well, exercising daily, avoiding stress and limiting or quitting wine and smoking may be helpful, they don’t guarantee to cure insomnia. This is perhaps the number one reason why most people now opt for sleeping tablets, which may include ambien, diazepam, xanax and diazepam tablet to name a few. These drugs work quickly on the brain and make you fall asleep quickly and safely.


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