As if you needed another reason to get your Zs, a new study released this week reveals that poor sleep patterns are bad for your heart. More specifically, the researchers from the Duke University Medical Center found that poor sleep habits take a higher toll on women's cardiovascular health than men's.
The study followed 210 middle-age men and women who had no history of sleep problems, though 40 percent of them turned out to be bad sleepers who woke up often or had problems falling asleep. For the results of the study, read more.
The women with unhealthy sleep patterns also had worse "cardiac risk profiles." According to the article:
For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. . . . "Women who reported taking a half an hour or more to fall asleep showed the worst risk profile," [researcher] Suarez said in a statement.
After learning that lack of deep sleep can increase your risk of breast cancer, does this news concern you? Does it keep you up at night? How long does it typically take you to fall asleep?