WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People who sleep less than six hours a day are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease than those who sleep seven to eight hours a day, scientists from the United States and Spain have found.
The study, according to EurekAlert, included 3,974 Spanish citizens who, during the trial period, carried the Actigraph, which measures the length of sleep and wakefulness.
Participants were divided into four groups according to their nighttime hours. They also underwent echocardiography and computed tomography to diagnose diseases.
The results showed that men who slept less than six hours had an increased risk of atherosclerosis by 27% compared to those who slept 7-8 hours. In addition, the risk of cardiovascular disease increased by 34% due to poor sleep and night waking.
Sleeping for more than 8 hours a day can help to develop atherosclerosis.
British researchers have said that the continued lack of sleep has serious effects on the internal functions of the human body.
A study found that the activity of hundreds of genes stopped with low sleep rates to less than six hours a day.
The results of this study may help to understand the damage that sleep deprivation causes to human health. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and brain function are all diseases associated with sleep disorders, the researchers said in the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences.