Poor Sleep May Increase the Risk of Heart Disease in Women

A new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center finds that poor sleep affects women’s health as it can contribute to unhealthy food choices and that in its turn increases the risk of obesity and heart disease.Poor Sleep May Increase the Risk of Heart Disease in Women

For the study, the scientists analyzed the sleep and eating habits of 495 women aged between 20 and 76. The group of participants was ethnically diverse. The scientists also paid attention to sleep quality and possible sleep disruptions.

Having analyzed the received information, the researchers found that women with worse overall sleep quality ate more of added sugars associated with obesity and diabetes. And women who found it difficult to fall asleep consumed more food, by weight and by calorie count.

Lead author of the study Faris Zuraikat, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, says: “Poor sleep quality may lead to excessive food and calorie intake by stimulating hunger signals or suppressing signals of fullness. Fullness is largely affected by the weight or volume of food consumed, and it could be that women with insomnia consume a greater amount of food in an effort to feel full.”

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