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Poor Sleep Habits Lead to Poor Cardiovascular Health

A Bad Night's Sleep: Bad For Your Heart?

As if you needed another reason to get your Zs, a new study released this week reveals that poor sleep patterns are bad for your heart. More specifically, the researchers from the Duke University Medical Center found that poor sleep habits take a higher toll on women's cardiovascular health than men's.

The study followed 210 middle-age men and women who had no history of sleep problems, though 40 percent of them turned out to be bad sleepers who woke up often or had problems falling asleep. For the results of the study,


The women with unhealthy sleep patterns also had worse "cardiac risk profiles." According to the article:

For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. . . . "Women who reported taking a half an hour or more to fall asleep showed the worst risk profile," [researcher] Suarez said in a statement.

After learning that lack of deep sleep can increase your risk of breast cancer, does this news concern you? Does it keep you up at night? How long does it typically take you to fall asleep?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't think that i understand the relationship between sleep and breast cancer but i can understand the cardio aspect. it's hard - i don't usually get good sleep - i'm not sure why...and it's a bit upsetting at times. i know that i get cranky and irritable because of it.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I'd like to see a study about the sleep effects of having 15 - 30 lbs. of cats sleeping on top of you, and/or being woken up by cats in the middle of the night. Oh wait - I conduct that study on a nightly basis in my "sleep lab" aka bedroom. ;)
Pistil Pistil 9 years
burningphoenix, I know what you mean! When I've been awake for too long I can feel my heart start pounding. I have a terrible habit of staying awake until I'm no longer tired anymore and then I can't fall asleep. It's 3am and I plan on being up by 6 :(
bluehippy bluehippy 9 years
Scary! And i take for ever to fall asleep!
burningphoenix burningphoenix 9 years
Yikes! I need to improve my sleep patterns. With school, I get about 4-5 hours a night and sometimes as I am about to sleep my heart is racing. It's a sign!
mochi26 mochi26 9 years
Ironic that this article was posted. I have REALLY got to work on my sleep habits. I am so busy with school and work that when I get home, even though I'm exhausted, I goof around until I finally's past midnight already! Then I feel like an idiot because I was honestly tired at around 10pm and should have just gone to bed then. This is definitely one of my goals to work towards...more sleep, better schedule.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
i have horrible sleep problems-i never did before a few months ago. it's weird, sometimes i am not even anxious about anything and i still can't sleep. i'm having one of those weeks right now and i'm so tired i just want to cry.....ugh and i won't take sleep meds cause i get addicted to stuff easily.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
ashcwebb -- OMG Me too! I have been having terrible nightmares about my boss yelling at me.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not good...
emalove emalove 9 years
linb linb 9 years
I am so thankful that I was blessed with the ability to just lay down and doze off. My boyfriend has such a hard time sleeping, which he inherited from him mother. She sleeps for maybe 4 hours a night. If she's lucky. I don't know how she functions during the day.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I totally believe this! I knwo when i am stressing voer work and super busy I tned to sleep worse. And have dreams about work toO!
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