A Healthy Heart in a Healthy (and Rested) Body: Tips for Better Sleep from the Belgian College of Cardiology

Poor quality sleep affects heart health.

In 2017, more than 1 in 2 Belgians said they were not getting enough sleep. Sleep is one of 10 factors considered to modify cardiovascular riskSo, alongside tobacco, cholesterol, high blood pressure and diet, quality sleep is one of the avenues we can address. “A good night’s sleep, ideally 7 to 9 hours, leads to better healthexplains the Belgian Federation of Cardiology when it launches a new campaign for Heart Week.

If sleep is clearly not the only factor to consider, it allows us to:Avoid short-term and long-term negative effects.Lack of sleep increases appetite, increases the risk of weight gain, increases the risk of hypertension, promotes the development of glucose intolerance, and promotes the development or recurrence of cardiac arrhythmias.“, also affect”Stress management, reduced energy and therefore less physical activity, worsening symptoms of heart failure“, indicating a large number of factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Fight sleep apnea…

Focus including: sleep apnea1 in 5 adults suffer from it to varying degrees.During sleep, a person stops breathing uncontrollably for 10 seconds or more, 5 times or more per hour of sleep. The body then creates an emergency micro-arousal phase to combat these apneas, allowing breathing to resume normally.The League details the consequences of these apneas, including hypertension, stroke risk and type 2 diabetes.

And this is while the Cardiological League estimates that 80% of people who suffer from sleep apnea go undiagnosed and untreated.

Other sleeping pathologies covered by the Belgian Cardiology Federation: chronic insomnia (occurring at least 3 times a week for 3 months or more): “In the long term, insomnia affects the cardiovascular systemconcludes the Cardiology League.

what advice?

Therefore, in the face of these findings, doctors recommend adopting a course of action. The first is when you wake up and during the day. normal sleep, including weekends. I wake up fine.and practice physical activity generally.

Similarly Certain methods recommended at bedtime : Do not resist sleep, avoid extreme temperatures in your bedroom, clear your head before bed, do not look when you wake up, and banish screens at least an hour before bedtime.

Activities at a hospital in Brussels

During Heart Week, which runs throughout the next week, Some activities will be organized especially in hospitals in the capitalCliniques de l’Europe’ Sainte-Elisabeth and Saint-Michel) will therefore host sleep apnea screenings in their entrance halls on Monday mornings, CHU Saint-Pierre (Monday and Friday mornings), CHIREC (Wednesdays delta, Tuesday and Wednesday, at Sainte-Anne-Saint-Rémy).

Brochures will also be distributed at the Erasmus Hospital and St. Jean Clinic this week.

ArBr – Photo: Belga (illustration)

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