Why is Sleep so Important for the Heart?
There is a lot of speculation about what makes sleep important for heart health.
Links to high blood pressure and hypertension are well known, but it is less clear how sleep reduces that pressure.
There are some speculations that inflammation is reduced as your sleep while the body gets rid of certain chemical build-ups.
Stress hormones can also build up without solid blocks of uninterrupted sleep.
During sleep, the heart enters a resting rate of a very slow beat per minute (around 40-50 bpm on average).
While awake, your average resting heart rate is closer to 60-100 bpm.
During activities, the heart rate will be much higher, especially for younger adults.
The heart has to work hard to pump blood throughout the body and needs a rest.
Without adequate rest, the heart puts in overtime.
But, lack of sleep is also linked to weight gain (which is linked to heart health issues).
People who struggle with sleep are less likely to feel the motivation to work out.
They are more likely to snack and make poor food choices when they eat.
With increased weight gain, the heart has to do even more work and is more at risk for heart disease.