Sleep Duration Linked To Heart Attack Risk

by Paromita Datta published on -

 Likes  Comments

We may have found the right sleep duration for a healthy heart. A study led by scientists from MIT and Harvard published this week by Journal of American College and Cardiology found that the risk of heart attack increased for those who slept for less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours. The findings were independent of any genetical predisposition.

The study was based on data collected from UK Biobank with 461,347 participants who were free of any relevant cardiovascular diseases. The participants self-reported on the duration of their sleep. Less than 6 hours was deemed as short duration and more than 9 hours as long duration. The team also took into account the quality of sleep and any genetic liabilities.

Short duration sleep (<6 hours) increased the risks for a cardiac attack by 20 percent, while long duration (>9 hours) increased it by 34 percent. The results were found to be independent of other sleep traits. A healthy sleep duration (6-9 hours) could mitigate the risks of a heart attack even for people with a high genetic predisposition.

DMCA.com Protection Status
Last updated -
References
About the Author

Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She has completed an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Stanford University, US.

Rate this article
Average rating 0.0 out of 5.0 based on 0 user(s).

Latest Health News:

Social distancing with masks on a bench

COVID-19 Airborne Transmission Possible, Herd Immunity Unachievable: Studies

New studies around the novel coronavirus have brought to light the need for updating the guidelines about how we keep ourselves safe from it and better manage…

READ MORE
A bowl of lime and lemons on a grey background

Harvard Study Shows How The Brain Organizes Smell

How does the brain perceive and organize smell? A recent Harvard study shed some light on this little-known area. Published in the journal Nature, the animal…

READ MORE
Two dogs in a green field

Dogs Improve Social & Emotional Health Of Small Children

Young children often seem to have a special bond with their pet dogs. This bond may also be of great benefit to their overall development. A new Australian…

READ MORE