Don’t Let Insomnia Wreck Your Heart

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Sleep Health

You toss and turn at night knowing exactly what you’ll be facing when the sun comes up… A day of fatigue, grumpiness, and poor productivity. It’ll be a struggle to get through the day. 

And then when it’s all over, you’ll try again, hoping that sleep will come the next night.

It might.

Or it might not. 

This pattern is so frustrating. But a major new study shows it’s not the worst part of insomnia.

Scientists analyzed data from 1.3 million subjects.[1]

The research team found that people with genes that predisposed them to insomnia were much more likely to develop heart disease and/or stroke.

The study was published in the journal Circulation. Dr. Susanna Larsson was lead study author. She said the findings show the importance of getting help if you have insomnia.[2]

2 Natural Insomnia Solutions

Sleeping pills are not the answer. They are addictive and linked to all sorts of dangerous side effects…falls and fractures, daytime fatigue, hallucinations, even psychotic episodes.

These natural solutions are effective and safe:

  • Lower carbon dioxide (CO2). Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland have found that breathing more oxygen and less carbon dioxide leads to better sleep.[3]

We breathe out CO2 naturally. So a tightly sealed bedroom can reduce oxygen and raise CO2 levels.

Scientists tracked the sleeping patterns of 17 healthy volunteers over five nights. On some nights, they opened a window or a door to allow air flow. On other nights, they kept the rooms closed up.

They used sleep monitoring devices and next-day questionnaires to determine subjects’ sleep quality. They also monitored CO2 levels in the bedrooms.

Researchers found that with either a door or window open, CO2 levels were reduced on average from 1,150 particles per million (ppm) to 717 ppm, or about 30%.

During the nights with lower levels of CO2, subjects enjoyed “better sleep depth, sleep efficiency, and lesser number of awakenings,” the researchers reported.

They also found that opening a window is slightly more beneficial than keeping the door open. It lowered CO2 by an extra 30 ppm.

The researchers say running an air conditioner also lowers CO2. But air conditioning was not tested in the study.

  • Drink tart cherry juice. A study from the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center looked at insomnia sufferers.[4]

Researchers divided participants into two groups. One drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice in the morning and again one to two hours before bedtime. The other group drank a cherry-flavored placebo beverage.

The study found that when the subjects were on the cherry juice regimen, they increased their sleep time by an average of 84 minutes a night.

Tart cherry juice is available in frozen, canned, and concentrate forms. All contain nutrients that aid sleep.

But try to find an organic version with no added sugar. They are available at health food stores and online.

One more thing…

If you suffer from insomnia, you’ll want to know about a simple breathing trick that can end your sleepless nights. Learn about it in Independent Healing, the monthly journal that brings you science-backed health advice you won’t find anywhere else. Go HERE to subscribe.

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