Insomnia, Tossing ‘n’ Turning, Hurts the Heart, Fatally
|April 30, 2014||Posted by Staff under Health|
This 2014 excerpt of the American Heart Association, Apr 3, is by Bridgette McNeill.
The risk of stroke may be much higher in people with insomnia compared to those who don’t have trouble sleeping.
The risk also seems to be far greater when insomnia occurs as a young adult compared to those who are older.
Diabetes also appeared to increase the risk of stroke in insomniacs.
The mechanism linking insomnia to stroke is not fully understood, but evidence shows that insomnia may alter cardiovascular health via systematic inflammation, impaired glucose tolerance, increased blood pressure or sympathetic hyperactivity. Some behavioral factors (e.g., physical activity, diet, alcohol use and smoking) and psychological factors like stress might affect the observed relationship.
It’s unclear if the findings also apply to people in other nations [beyond Taiwan], but studies in other countries have also pointed to a relationship between insomnia and stroke.
Ed. Notes: What makes it hard to sleep on a regular basis? Worry. Usually financial worry. Without enough money, it’s hard to take care of oneself, never mind those one loves. So even health issues get back to economics. Economic injustice worsens our other problems. Economic justice — or geonomics — can make it easier to solve them. Imagine how different your life would be if getting a fair share of the common wealth while not having to pay taxes!