Insomnia Increases the Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

· August 7, 2017
Studies have shown that insomnia can increase your chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. Learn some tricks to combat insomnia and stay healthy!

Previously, we’ve talked about the negative effects of insomnia on our health on numerous occasions.

It’s logical that we talk so much about insomnia. After all, it’s a problem that affects more people every day, despite the fact that sleep has a fundamental function in our body.

During this time, our body rests and regenerates from all the fatigue it has had during the day. Therefore, when we don’t sleep well, we suffer in a way that we can’t even imagine. 

Although we are increasingly aware of the importance of taking care of ourselves, the competitiveness of our society and the demands of our work force us to ignore certain aspects, such as good sleep hygiene.

We do this so much so that many people just associate insomnia with not sleeping all night. However, its scope is much greater.

Essentially, insomnia encompasses all the phenomena that prevent you from resting during the night in a continuous way. In this way, whenever this happens, you don’t recuperate as well you should.

Although the consequences of this condition are very varied, recent research in China has revealed that insomnia increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

How insomnia has been shown to increase the risk of stroke and heart attack


A total of 15 studies involving the operations of 160, 98 participants were reviewed in this macro study.

During the registered period, 11,702 cases of cardiovascular or coronary accidents were detected. All of the patients had had symptoms of insomnia during the study.

However, it’s striking that this problem doesn’t occur in patients who wake up before their alarm goes off.

Rather, it affects those who take a long time to fall asleep or, if they succeed, those whose sleep is interrupted. As a result, the body suffers from a sleep debt that can culminate in a problem of this type.

However, Qiao He, the study’s supervisor, says that it’s still difficult to determine the exact relationship between the two phenomena.

  • On the other hand, it’s clear that a lack of sleep affects metabolism.
  • As a result, this alters blood pressure, as well as inflammatory and pro-inflammatory cytokines. All are involved in cerebral or coronary infarction.

Nonetheless, this issue does not affect everyone in the same way.

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  • Women have a higher risk this happening to them because they are more likely to have insomnia. This is due to hormonal changes and their response to stress, among other reasons.
  • Therefore, we recommend that everyone (especially women) pays attention to the quality of their sleep.

Tips for achieving good sleep hygiene


Physical exercise not only tires you out, but also produces substances in the brain that prevent insomnia, such as serotonin.

Furthermore, it reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. Therefore, after a sports session, you find that you’re in a more positive mood and feel more relaxed.

As if this weren’t enough, exercise increases self-esteem, since it helps us overcome our mental and physical limits and improve our figure.

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Don’t go to sleep without feeling tired

Sometimes, we make the mistake of going to bed when we think it’s time to do so. However, this can become a problem if you have insomnia.

The pressure to sleep causes the opposite effect: then, we get stressed about it.

Has it ever occurred to you that you can never sleep on the days when you have to wake up earlier than usual? In general, we go to bed earlier than we should and then the obsession to get to sleep leads to the opposite effect.

Establish schedules to avoid the risk of stroke and heart attack

In addition, it’s essential to have some order in your life. The brain loves routine. Once you’ve established a routine, it always works the same way.

Once you develop a schedule, you’ll be surprised when you’re very active at nine o’clock in the morning and suddenly inexplicably begin to yawn at ten at night.

Do the same with the time you wake up at. However, take it easy.

If you can’t sleep, get up and read something that bores you like that book that you could never finish.


Although the research results aren’t very encouraging, the good news is that there’s a way to beat insomnia. If you sleep well, there will be less chance of this condition appearing in your life.

It’s reason enough to consider getting a good night’s sleep, right?

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