Women who miss out on sleep run a greater risk of heart disease than men who don’t get a good night’s rest, according to research.
Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular damage. Those of us with PCOS are already prone to heart problems and plenty of sleep is crucial for a healthy lifestyle.
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 a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise as vital for a good night’s sleep. And avoid alcohol and food late at night.