Study Highlights Link Between Insomnia And Cardiovascular Death

In accessory for as being a potentially debilitating disorder, insomnia can also be linked to a greater mortality rate among men, based on a new study in the journal Circulation.

“Insomnia is a very common ailment, particularly in older adults, however the link between this common sleep disorder and its effect on the chance of death has been unclear,” said study author Yanping Li, PhD, a medical research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. “Our research shows that among men who experience specific symptoms of insomnia, there is a modest increase risk in death from cardiovascular-related issues.”

The researchers discovered that difficulty falling to sleep and poor sleep quality were both of a higher risk of mortality, largely related to cardiovascular disease.

In the research, BWH researchers tracked over 23,000 men that self-reported any insomnia symptoms for a six-year period. From 2004 to 2010, researchers recorded over 2000 participant deaths using data from government and family sources. After accounting for factors for example age and chronic conditions, researchers learned that men that said they had either difficulty falling asleep or low-quality sleep had a 55 percent and 32 percent increased risk of mortality associated with coronary disease over the six year follow-up, when compared to participants who didn\’t report having insomnia-related symptoms.

“We know that sleep is essential for cardiovascular health and numerous studies have linked poor or insufficient sleep with an increase of risk factors for cardiovascular-related diseases,” said Dr. Xiang Gao, a study author from BWH and Harvard School of Public Health. “Now we know that not only can poor sleep impact disease risk, but it could also impact our longevity.\”

\”While further research is essential to confirm these findings, there\’s overwhelming evidence that practicing good sleep hygiene and prioritizing sufficient and restful sleep is definitely an often overlooked but important modifiable risk element in overall health,\” he added.

The new study was released because the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released preliminary outcomes of its own research on Monday that said curing insomnia in patients with depression double their opportunity for a complete recovery in the cognitive disorder. The results were in one of four insomnia trials being funded by the NIH.

Experts familiar with the NIH research told the brand new York Times that the results were plausible and could result in major alterations in treatment.

\”It would be an absolute boon to the field,\” said Dr. Nada L. Stotland, professor of psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

\”It makes good common sense clinically,\” she added. \”If you have a depression, you\’re often awake through the night, it\’s extremely lonely, it\’s dark, you\’re aware every moment the world around you is sleeping, every concern you\’ve is magnified.\”

Colleen E. Carney, who is heading up the research at Ryerson University in Toronto, said her team\’s part in the study was small, but added that a more definitive picture should emerge because the other teams released their results. Those studies include about 70 patients each and are being conducted at Stanford, Duke and the University of Pittsburgh.