‘Poor sleep increases chance of heart arrhythmia’

‘Poor sleep increases chance of heart arrhythmia’

Poor sleep increases the chance of an irregular heartbeat also known as atrial fibrillation or atrial fibrillation.

This is evident from research that was presented during the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

It was already known that people with Obstructive Sleep apnea Syndrome (OSAS), in which your sleep is interrupted by periods of apnea, risk of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation can lead to heart attack, heart failure and other complications.

Or there is also a relationship between disrupted sleep and atrial fibrillation in people without sleep apnea, was until now unclear.

Researchers from the University of California analysed three studies to find out what the effects of poor sleep on atrial fibrillation.

Their research showed that a disturbed sleep, including insomnia, may be related to atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, it was clear that people at night, frequently waking up, 26 per cent more likely to have atrial fibrillation to develop compared to people who are not so often wake up. Finally, people with insomnia 29 percent more likely to have atrial fibrillation to develop compared to people who had no insomnia.


A separate analysis of all data showed that a shorter remslaap to someone without sleep apnea may be an increased chance of developing atrial fibrillation. The exact link between sleep and the etiology of atrial fibrillation remains unclear.

“Even without a clear understanding of the underlying mechanisms, we believe that these findings suggest that it is a good idea to have some techniques to use to sleep quality to improve to an irregular heartbeat to prevent it.”

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