Insomnia May Increase the Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

By: Birken Medical Aesthetics | Published 12/09/2019


Sleeping problems can affect both mental and physical health. Now, a large-scale analysis in China highlights how insomnia might lead to potentially life threatening cardiovascular diseases.

Insomnia, a common problem, is w hen a person struggles to fall asleep or stay asleep. Some people experience both.
Around  1 in 4  adults in the United States experience short-term, or acute, insomnia every year, according to research carried out at the University of Pennsylvania.

Acute insomnia typically means that a person experiences sleep problems for just a short period, perhaps due to  stress  or worry. Approximately three-quarters of these people return to their regular sleeping patterns. Others, however, go on to develop chronic insomnia.

Chronic insomnia  refers to a person who experiences problems sleeping for at least 3 nights a week for no less than 3 months.

Both acute and chronic insomnia can result in daytime drowsiness, concentration and memory problems, and a lack of energy.

But studies have found more worrying links. One recent analysis, appearing in  Sleep Medicine , linked chronic insomnia to the onset of 
depression ,  anxiety , and alcohol misuse. Other studies have found a  relationship  between insomnia and  heart disease .

The new study found that the participants who reported chronic insomnia symptoms had an 18% increased chance of developing cardiovascular diseases compared with those who did not experience the symptoms.

"Poor sleep is one of the most common complaints that I hear," Dr. Birken said. "And it can be difficulty to treat. I recommend many of the over the counter products that we carry and/or the use of CBD oil," Dr. Birken continued. "Using a simple 10 minute meditation app can be helpful as well."

Dr. Birken's office carries two products that may be helpful for both falling asleep and staying asleep. Also, the office carries a full spectrum CBD oil that can be used alone of in combination with other over the counter products.

For more information, call the office at 281-419-3231 or email at

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