Lack Of Sleep Marks Potential For Serious Health Problems
Each and every weekday morning, my radio show partner Lance Tormey welcomes all the KIT "early risers" to our show in the 6 o'clock hour. Nothing wrong with being an early riser. Ben Franklin said it could help make you healthy, wealthy and wise - providing you got enough sleep before you woke up. If not, well, the collected loss of sleep cold have some serious repercussions.
A new study as reported by UPI suggests that lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart and brain diseases. The study -- which included 487,200 people in China, average age 51 with no history of heart disease.
Participants were were asked if they had any of these issues three or more times a week:
trouble falling asleep or staying asleep;
waking up too early;
trouble staying focused during the day due to poor sleep.
11% said that they had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, 10% reportedly waking up too early and 2% struggled to stay focused during the day. During an average 10-year follow-up, there were just over 130,000 cases of stroke, heart attack and similar diseases. Compared to those with no insomnia symptoms, people with all three were 18% more likely to develop these diseases.
Sleep tight early risers, go to bed early, we need you around!