Heart's Need for Sleep

Research shows that six hours is the minimum sleep time each night required to help heart health.  And that has to be at least six hours of sound sleep, not restless sleep.  This is associated with reducing the amount of plaque in your arteries!

The study of 4000 adults with average age 46, done by Jose Ordovas and his team at National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid, Spain, showed lack of sleep and/or poor quality of sleep raises the chance of having a buildup of plaque in the arteries.  This condition is called atherosclerosis and as you know this will increase the chance of you having a heart attack or a stroke.

Drugs, diet, and exercise are some of the ways to fight this heart disease, but according to this study, at least six hours of good sleep is also a big weapon in this fight.  These studies can never prove cause and effect.  But less than 6 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 27% more likelihood of having atherosclerosis.  And poor quality sleep was associated with a 34% more likelihood of having atherosclerosis.

You can find this study in the January publication of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.   

A big factor in lack of sleep and poor quality sleep is a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  The main symptoms of OSA are loud snoring and excessive daytime tiredness.  A sleep test done in your own home can reveal whether or not a person has this condition and it is totally treatable.  A simple dental device worn at night can be your solution.

 Dr. Donald Johnson founded Northwest Treatment Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Coeur d’Alene to help people live free with no limits!  It is the only Comprehensive Sleep Center in the Inland Empire.  He is the only dentist that is both a Diplomate in the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and a Qualified Dentist in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  His office is at 114 W. Neider Ave., near Costco in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The website for more information is www.NwSleepDoc.com and the office phone is (208) 667-4551.  Schedule an appointment for a free consultation today!