FOR A HEALTHIER HEART
PERFECT YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE
Remember when you were a kid and fell asleep at the same time every night? You might want to start doing that again. A US study has revealed that people who sleep and wake at irregular times weigh more, are more likely to be stressed and depressed, have higher blood sugar and pressure, and are more at risk of heart attack.
The next step is to figure out if sleep is the cause or effect. “From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” explains lead author, Dr Jessica Lunsford-Avery, from the Duke University School of Medicine. “Perhaps there’s something about obesity that disrupts sleep regularity ... perhaps poor sleep interferes with metabolism, which can lead to weight gain.”
While more research is needed, the findings suggest that tracking sleep regularity could help in predicting someone’s risk of heart and metabolic disease. That’s got to be worth an early night!