You may be surprised to learn that a healthy heart and mind depend on sound sleep. Heart attacks and other cardiovascular illnesses (CVDs) are the leading cause of mortality in the world, and inadequate or irregular sleep cycles have been linked to these disorders. Adults should obtain at least seven to nine hours of decent sleep each night, according to experts. This week, the American Heart Association (AHA) added sleep length to its cardiovascular health score — known as Life’s Essential 8.
Sleep aids in the maintenance of healthy brain function, as well as the management of hunger and blood sugar levels. In 2019, an estimated 17.9 million people will die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), which accounts for 32% of all fatalities worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that heart attacks and strokes were to blame for 85% of these fatalities. CVD mortality occur in poor and middle-income nations in excess of three-quarters of all deaths.
More than 80% of all cardiovascular incidents may be averted with a healthy lifestyle and effective treatment of identified cardiovascular risk factors, according to several studies conducted over the last two decades.
Research shows that sleep has a direct influence on general health, and those who get enough sleep are better able to control their weight, blood pressure, and risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The capacity to track one’s sleep patterns at home is now possible because to advancements in sleep measurement technology, such as wearable devices. Because it provides individuals with a goal to aim toward at every stage of life, the AHA president believes that the concept of optimum cardiovascular health is crucial. The My Life Check tool assesses each of the eight components of Life’s Essential 8 using an improved scoring system that ranges from 0 to 100 points. The average of the values for each of the eight health parameters yields a total cardiovascular health score ranging from 0 to 100.