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A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh shows that people who snore loudly, have difficulty falling asleep, or wake up feeling tired may be at increased risk of developing heart disease.
“In the study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh asked more than 800 people between the ages of 45 and 74 about the quality of their sleep. Three years later, the people who reported snoring loudly were more than twice as likely as quiet sleepers to have metabolic syndrome — a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low “good” cholesterol, high triglycerides, and excess belly fat.
People who had trouble falling asleep or who woke up feeling unrefreshed at least three times per week were about 80 percent and 70 percent more likely than their peers, respectively, to develop three or more of those risk factors, the study found. (A person must have three of the five risk factors to get a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.)”
So what’s the solution if you snore loudly or have sleep problems? Talk to your doctor. They may be asking you about your sleep quality already, but if not, take the initiative. It could save your heart some issues down the road.
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