Scientists have announced the results of new sleep research: Going to sleep between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. reduces the risk of heart disease.
A new study of tens of thousands of volunteers has shown that the optimal bedtime is between 10pm and 11pm.
Scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK said synchronising sleep to match body clock reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke. It was also discovered that people who slept after midnight had a greater risk of developing heart disease than 25 percent.
A study by the University of Exeter in the UK has found an association between the time of falling asleep and the risk of developing heart disease.
Their health was monitored throughout the study
For the study, published in the European Heart Journal, researchers collected data on sleep and wake times for seven days using a wristwatch-like device worn by volunteers. In addition, the heart and circulatory health of the volunteers was monitored for an average of six years.
More than 3,000 of those adults had heart disease, and very few occurred in people who went to bed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. or earlier.
Heart nurse Regina Giblin, from the British Heart Foundation, said: “This great research highlighted the importance of sleeping between 10pm and 11pm to keep most people’s hearts healthy in the long term. However, it is important to remember that this study can only show a relationship and cannot prove cause and effect.
More research is needed on the timing and duration of sleep as a risk factor for heart and circulatory diseases. Getting enough sleep is important for our overall health, heart and circulatory health, and most adults should aim to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.”
Sleep is not the only factor
On the other hand, experts stressed that sleep is not the only factor that can affect heart health. Accordingly, monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, weight management, exercising regularly and reducing salt and alcohol intake are also of great importance in protecting against heart and other diseases.