Women with PCOS already have an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. And those who miss out on sleep run an even greater risk of heart disease than men who don’t get a good night’s rest, according to new research.
Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night has been linked in the past to an increased risk of cardiovascular damage. Now, researchers have now found that levels of inflammatory markers, which are indicators of heart disease, vary significantly with sleep duration in women but not men.
The study, reported in the journal Sleep, found levels of a molecule called interleukin-6 (IL-6), were much lower in women who reported sleeping eight hours, compared to those who slept for seven hours or less. IL-6 is known to trigger inflammation, which can lead to heart disease.
Doctors advise that a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise is vital for a good night’s sleep and better management of PCOS symptoms. And be sure to avoid alcohol and food late at night because they can disturb healthy sleep patterns.
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