Going To Bed Early Can Protect Your Heart, Study Says

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart attack. A less frequent cause is a severe spasm, or sudden contraction, of a coronary artery that may stop blood flow to the cardiac muscle.

There are a lot of factors like genetics that can influence heart health. The study says 80 percent of cardiovascular cases cannot be prevented through lifestyle. Several steps like quitting smoking, moving your body regularly, and charging on fiber-rich foods can reduce your risk of heart disease.

According to the new research published in the “European Heart Journal,” new lifestyle changes like going to bed early can affect heart health. People who go to bed between 10 pm to 11 pm have higher chances of developing cardiovascular disease than people who go to bed very late.

David Plans, study author and head of research at the British health care technology company Huma says, “the body has a 24-hour internal clock called circadian rhythm that helps regulate physical and mental functioning.”

The Power Of Circadian Rhythms

David and his team have analyzed more than 88,000 participants in the “UK Biobank,” a massive health and lifestyle data database for research. All the participants answered their daily health habits, logged on to the device while sleeping at night, and woke up in the morning.

The researchers analyzed a 25% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease who slept late at night than those who slept between 10 pm to 11 pm. Circadian rhythms are known to affect many bodily systems.

Previous research states Americans who work in shifts are at greater risk for heart disease.  David says, “our study indicates that the optimum time to go to sleep is at a specific point in the body’s 24-hour cycle, and deviations may be detrimental to health.”