Poor sleep can negatively affect heart health by raising blood pressure, increasing the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes, and leading to fatigue and unhealthy food cravings, but improving sleep habits and increasing physical activity can help.
Consistently missing out on sleep can increase the risk of mental and physical conditions, including those that affect heart health. The American Heart Association added sleep duration to its list of Life’s Essential 8 things people should do to improve their cardiovascular health in 2022. Poor sleep can contribute to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. Lack of physical activity and unhealthy diets resulting from sleep deprivation can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Good sleep hygiene can improve sleep quality and lower the risk of heart-related problems.