Plaque Attack: How Poor Sleep Causes Plaque Buildup Inside the Body

Plaque Attack: How Poor Sleep Causes Plaque Buildup Inside the Body

Sleeping less than six hours a night or getting a bad night of sleep raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries. How’s your sleep quality?

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There’s a new reason to get a little more shut-eye.

According to CNN, you can develop dangerous plaque in your arteries throughout your body – and we’re not talking about dental plaque. If you sleep fewer than six hours per night or find yourself waking up frequently throughout the night, you raise your risk of developing harmful plaque (atherosclerosis) in your heart and throughout the rest of your body.

José Ordovás, director of nutrition and genomics at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, says, “This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body.” The plaque buildup puts you at risk for developing many major health issues, such as coronary heart disease, strokes and digestive issues. It can even affect your circulation, which leads to numbness and pain in your extremities.

CNN tells us, “The study looked at nearly 4,000 Spanish men and women, with an average age of 46, who had no history of heart disease.” The study was performed by attaching a little device, called an actigraph, to the subjects. It was used to measure the “length and quality of sleep” of each person over the course of one week. Researchers say that people who slept fewer than six hours were 27 percent more likely to have atherosclerosis in their body compared to people who got seven to eight hours of sleep.

Find yourself waking up often? If so, you are 34 percent more likely to have plaque buildup!

Not only will hitting the hay for longer make you more pleasing to be around at the office but, according to well-documented research, it will also decrease your chances of developing various health issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of libido
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • High risk of diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Some Cancers

What can you do to sleep better? The National Sleep Foundation suggests that as little as 10 minutes a day of aerobic exercise, such as walking or biking, can “drastically improve nighttime sleep quality,” according to CNN.

So, set a bedtime alarm and make sure you get some well-deserved sleep.

Read the full story on CNN here.


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Sleeping less than six hours a night or getting a bad night of sleep raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries. How’s your sleep quality?

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48% Sleep like a baby
52% Ugh, so bad
Males
57% Sleep like a baby
43% Ugh, so bad
Females
32% Sleep like a baby
68% Ugh, so bad

Sleep like a baby

Ugh, so bad


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