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Lack of sleep favors the risk of stroke and heart attack
Lack of sleep poses numerous significant health risks. Experts warn that regularly less than six hours of sleep increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Persistent lack of sleep increases the body's production of hormones and chemical substances, which increase blood pressure and cholesterol levels, promote obesity and cause an increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to the research team led by study leader Francesco Cappuccio from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom current edition of the "European Heart Journal"
Lack of sleep increases the risk of fatal heart attacks As part of a comprehensive long-term study, the researchers at Warwick Medical School examined the sleep duration of 470,000 people from eight countries and then observed the health development of the participants over a period of seven to 25 years. Her analysis confirmed many health risks of sleep deprivation, which were found in previous studies, and also revealed an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases, said study leader Francesco Cappuccio. "Anyone who sleeps less than six hours a night or suffers from frequent sleep interruptions increases their risk of dying from a heart disease by 48 percent," says the expert. In addition, if there is a lack of sleep, there is a 15 percent increased risk of stroke, Cappuccio emphasized.
Experts recommend seven hours of sleep The experts at Warwick Medical School recommend at least seven hours of sleep per night, as this can permanently reduce the risk of a chronic illness. "Get the sleep you need to stay healthy and live longer," emphasized study director Francesco Cappuccio. However, the researchers point out that too much sleep is not healthy, and those who sleep more than nine hours a day may suffer from another illness. The indication that seven hours of sleep is important for health is certainly useful for those who voluntarily go to bed late and get up early. However, around ten percent of Germans suffer from severe sleep problems, such as falling asleep and staying asleep. Those affected would like to sleep more, but cannot. Psychological complaints and personal stress, followed by pain and noise, are the most common causes of a significant sleep deficit among the population across the country.
Sleep disorders widespread in Germany After the health report of the German Employee Health Insurance Fund (DAK) found a significant increase in sleep disorders among the population last year, the President of the Sleep Congress, Svenja Happe, recommended that those affected take measures such as autogenic training or muscle relaxation exercises while adhering to them to use strict "sleep hygiene". According to the expert, “sleep hygiene” means, for example, adhering to regular bed times, not taking longer naps during the day (not longer than 30 minutes) and heavy meals before going to bed. The use of sleeping pills should, however, be handled with care, as regular consumption can sometimes cause considerable side effects. When presenting the health report, the DAK experts emphasized that sleep problems should be examined medically if they last longer than a month, occur at least three times a week or have a negative impact on work and private life. In addition to the relaxation exercises mentioned, from a naturopathic point of view, manual therapies (e.g. craniosacral therapy) are also available to bring the nervous system back into balance. In addition, in naturopathy - instead of the widely used sleeping pills - baths and teas with soothing herbs such as valerian, lemon balm or lavender are recommended before bed. (fp)
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