HEART disease is one of the leading causes of premature death in the UK and regular bedtime hours could be linked to a lower risk, according to a new study.
Heart disease and circulatory disease cause a quarter of all deaths in the UK which is more than 160,000 deaths each year, equating to one death every three minutes. Cardiovascular disease impacts an estimated seven million people in the UK and is a significant cause of disability and death. But is your bedtime impacting your heart health and cardiovascular disease risk?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term covering a range of conditions impacting the heart and blood vessels.
The medical conditions are usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits in one’s arteries and an increased risk of blood clots.
The disease can be associated with damage to arteries in organs, including the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death and disability across Britain – but can largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
A new study has shown how one key lifestyle change can help decrease one’s risk of CVD.
The research published in the European Heart Journal – Digital Health his week drew parallels between people who fall asleep between 10pm and 11pm to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study’s author David Plans said: “The body has a 24-hour internal clock, called circadian rhythm, that helps regulate physical and mental functioning.
“While we cannot conclude causation from our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health.”
Many factors can influence your heart health, including genetics and smoking, but now sleep has been hailed as a crucial factor.
Dr Plans and his team analysed data from more than 88,000 people in the UK Biobank, which is a database containing health and lifestyle data for research purposes.
A little more than 3,000 adults developed cardiovascular disease.
Participants were asked to log details of their daily health habits including their sleep and waking patterns.
Overall, the research showed those who fell asleep at midnight or later had a 25 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those who fell asleep between 10pm and 11pm.