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New Study Finds That an Optimal Bedtime May Link to Lower Heart Health Risk

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Maintaining a consistent bedtime is an obstacle when trying to achieve a rested state of mind. A shocking one-third of Americans do not get enough sleep. While there are ways to train yourself to go to sleep earlier, many still struggle.

A new study raises the alarm for sleep deprivation, suggesting the possibility of a relationship between when you go to bed and risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly for women.

Researchers asked participants to wear accelerometers — movement trackers — as well as to complete questionnaires and maintain a sleep diary. The 88,026 U.K. resident participants were monitored over the course of seven days. Follow-ups were conducted about five-and-a-half years later to determine if any participants developed cardiovascular disease.

Roughly 4% of participants had developed some form of cardiovascular disease, and 43% of those people reported going to bed after midnight. Those who reported going to bed between 10 and 11 p.m. reported the lowest amount of cardiovascular disease cases.

“Those who reported going to bed between 10 and 11 p.m. reported the lowest amount of cardiovascular disease cases.”

While this study’s findings do not indicate causality, it suggests further research into sleep timing as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, particularly for women.

Making adjustments to your sleep routine can be challenging, but there are some easy steps that can help with the initial transition.

  • Get a daily dose of natural light.
  • Reduce artificial lighting at night.
  • Cut down on evening screen time.
  • Commit to physical activity and regular exercise.
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Sarah Shoen

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Sarah has covered news topics for digital and print publications. She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nevada.

About Our Editorial Team

author
Sarah Shoen

News Writer

Sarah has covered news topics for digital and print publications. She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nevada.

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