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Sleep and Heart

It may come as a surprise to many, but medical evidence now shows that your sleep health is directly related to your heart health. This means that, whether a person is deprived of a good quantity of sleep because of work commitments, or deprived of good quality sleep because of a sleep disorder (such as sleep apnoea or periodic limb movement disorder), they may be unknowingly contributing to the (early) development of cardiovascular disease.

Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnoea:

Apart from feeling tired during the day, sleep apnoea can have more serious effects on your health.  Some of these include increasing your risk of high blood pressure and potentially increasing your risk of developing heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation), coronary artery disease and strokes.  You can read more about the link between these conditions and sleep apnoea below.

What to do if you suspect you have sleep apnoea

Some common symptoms of sleep apnoea include snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, irritability and shortness of breath.  If you suspect you may have sleep apnoea, talk to your GP about getting a referral to see a sleep physician, or to organise a home-based sleep study.  You can also take our sleep quiz.


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