People who seriously scrimp on sleep are more likely to suffer hardening of their arteries – a precursor of heart disease which those of us with polycystic ovarian syndrome are already prone to developing because of our condition.
Researchers found calcified arteries in nearly a third of people who regularly slept five hours a night, rather than the eight hours recommended by doctors. But this figure dropped to around one in 10 for those who slept just an extra hour.
The results might be down to high blood pressure, which increases the likelihood of calcification. A good night’s rest makes a difference because blood pressure levels are often lower during sleep.
Alternatively, a stress hormone like cortisol, which has been tied to decreased sleep and increased calcification, may play a role.
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