Lack of sleep could lead to higher risk of heart disease, strokes


MIAMI WAS NUMBER 8. ORLANDO, NUMBER TWO AND AT THE TOP OF THE LIST, LAS VEGAS. DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING? THAT CAN MEAN A LOT OF THINGS. IT MIGHT JUST SEEM LIKE IT’S AN ANNOYANCE. NOW, WE KNOW IT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE SLEEP. IT’S IMPERATIVE. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING, IT COULD BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. NEW STUDIES SO INSOMNIA IS TIED TO A HIGHER RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE. DR. LAURA IS A SLEEP SPECIALIST AT USF HELP. INSOM NO WHY ARE BASICALLY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE ABLE TO SLEEP AND CAN’T. THERE IS A WHOLE EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN SLEEP BUT DON’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Reporter: SHOW IS CONCERNED ABOUT BOTH OF THOSE GROUPS AND SAID MOST PEOPLE SLEEP BETWEEN 6 AND 8 HOURS A NIGHT, THE AVERAGE IS 7, 7 1/2 HOURS. THAT IS GOOD. THAT IS WHAT MOST OF THE POPULATION NEEDS. TO FEEL RESTLESS AND FUNCTION. Reporter: SLEEPING FEWER THAN FIVE HOURS A NIGHT IS NOT GOOD. THE STUDIES SHOW A LACK OF SLEEP CAN LEAD TO GENERALIZED INFLAMMATION AND INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE. BOTH RISK FACTORS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND STROKE. ONE OF THE DOCTOR’S BIGGEST PET PEEVES IS COME PEOPLE JOKE ABOUT SLEEP SAYING I DON’T NEED TO SLEEP. I WILL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD. SLEEP IS A PRODUCTIVE TIME. IT’S PRODUCTIVE IN A VERY DIFFERENT WAY AND ALLOWS OUR BODY TO BASICALLY HEAL, RESTORE ITSELF AND SET UP METABOLIC PATHWAYS SO THAT WAY WE RESTORE ENERGY AND WE’RE READY TO FUFFING THE NEXT DAY. Reporter: WHETHER YOU SUFFER FROM INSOMNIA OR LOSING SLEEP BECAUSE YOU’RE BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS, THE DOCTOR’S ADVICE, GET TO THE ROUTE OF WHY YOU’RE NOT SLEEPING AND FIX IT. THE DOCTOR CALLS SOMETHING GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE. YOU CAN DO THINGS LIKE GOING TO BED AT THE SAME TIME EVERY NIGHT. AVOIDING BRIGHT SCREENS AT NIGHT, REDUCING ANXIETY, AND EVEN READING, WHICH CAN CUT STRESS LEVELS IN HALF IN SIX MINUTES AND SO, I AM NOT A GREAT SLEEPER. NO. I WAS FASCINATED TO TALK TO THE DOCTOR. THEY STILL HAVE A LOT TO FIGURE OUT. THE CORRELATION BETWEEN A LACK OF SLEEP AND HEART DISEASE AND STROKE. THE NEW STUDIES SHOW THERE IS A CORRELATION AND SHE SAID PART OF IT WITH BLOOD PRESSURE, WHICH IS A HUGE RISK FACTOR FOR HEART PROBLEMS. UH-HUH. WHEN YOU SLEEP, YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE NATURALLY GOES DOWN. SO JUST BY VIRTUE OF NOT SLEEPING AS MUCH, YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE STAYS HIGHER LONGER. AND I LIKE HOW SHOWS IT’S PRODUCTIVE. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES PEOPLE SAY I WILL GET ALL OF THE SLEEP I NEED WHEN I AM DEAD. REALLY? I SAY IT ALL OF THE TIME. WHEN YOU’RE UP AT NIGHT SIX TIMES? OH, YEAH. AND HARD TO FEEL REFRESHED. THE INFANT LIFE. RIGHT. AND THE TODDLER. GOOD STUFF. AND THIS IS A GOOD REMINDER FOR THE 2019 HEART WALK, WHICH IS COMING UP NOVEMBER NINTH THE RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM. THIS YEAR, KANE’S FURNITURE AND ANOTHER COMPANY ARE EACH MATCHING THE $50,000.

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