Sleep And Heart Disease
By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 18, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep   Heart Disease  

Sleep can affect many different aspects of your life and if you’re struggling with getting the proper amount of sleep needed or with a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, it may be increasing your risk of heart disease.
 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and people with sleep-related disorders are at a higher risk of heart disease and other complications such as high blood pressure. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help you learn about how sleep disorders can be affecting your heart and how they can be treated.

How Sleep Can Affect Your Heart

Both a lack of sleep, as well as untreated sleep disorders can impact your heart health in a variety of ways. A lack of sleep can put you at risk for a variety of conditions, such as:
 

  • High Blood Pressure- During regular sleep, your blood pressure goes down. When you have sleep problems, your blood pressure may be higher for a longer period of time.
  • Type 2 Diabetes- There are studies that show that good sleep may help improve control of your blood sugar.
  • Obesity- Lack of sleep can lead to unhealthy weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, it could affect the part of your brain that controls hunger.

There are certain sleep disorders that also affect your heart health if they go untreated by your doctor in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. Some of these disorders include:
 

  • Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea affects how much oxygen your body receives while sleeping, and can increase your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Insomnia- Insomnia causes you to have issues falling asleep and can lead to unhealthy habits that may affect your heart health. Some of these habits may be a lack of sleep, unhealthy eating at odd hours, and increased stress levels.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re struggling with an untreated sleep disorder or a lack of sleep, contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how sleep can affect your heart. Call today at (941) 792-8383.

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