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Insomnia Ups Heart Failure Risk

by Ryan Halvorson on May 22, 2013

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More bad news for individuals with sleep problems. Recent research suggests that insomniacs are at higher risk of heart failure than people who sleep peacefully.

The study, which appeared in the European Heart Journal (2013; doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht019), followed 54,279 men and women aged 20–89 for about 11 years. The goal was to draw parallels—if any—between self-reported insomnia and heart failure. Baseline data included insomnia symptoms (difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep; nonrestorative sleep) and health status, including established cardiovascular risk factors.

Throughout the intervention 1,412 heart failure cases were reported among the study group. From the data, researchers noted a dose-dependent association between insomnia symptoms and heart failure—in other words, heart failure risk increased when more insomnia symptoms were present.

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Ryan Halvorson

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Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (www.fitscribemedia.com); contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of www.Fat2Fitin30.com, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.