World Heart Day: sleep advice for a healthy heart

Tomorrow sees the return of World Heart Day, a global campaign created by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness of CVD (cardiovascular disease), heart stroke and heart disease, as well as offer people information about how they can prevent, treat and control such conditions.

Educating yourself on actions that you can take to improve the health of your heart, such as cutting down on or quitting smoking, improving your everyday diet or doing additional physical activity, are all great places to start, but your sleep can have a lot to do with the health of your heart too.

Although we don’t often think about how our sleep affects our hearts, studies have shown that the more hours’ sleep we get during the night, the less likely we are to develop heart complications later!

We hope that the tips below will improve your sleep routine and in turn benefit the health of your heart:

Keeping a sleep diary is a lot like keeping a regular diary except you document each night’s sleep, making sure you note down a rough estimate of how many hours of sleep you’re getting and whether you feel your sleep was disturbed or not – if you are interested in keeping a sleep diary, you can read our tips on how to keep one here.

Getting into a regular routine in the evening can ensure you have a stress-free bedtime, helping you get a great night’s sleep. This will also keep your stress levels to a minimum and be good for the health of your heart in the long run.

Taking time out in the evening to relax can be really beneficial if done regularly. This doesn’t mean shutting yourself away for hours on end – anything as little as 10 minutes in the evening away from things that induce stress can improve your bedtime routine as well as your overall well-being. Try reading your favourite book or listening to some calming music if you find it difficult doing nothing in complete silence.

Our sleep tips for a healthy heart are important for your general well-being – but if you are ever concerned for your heart or even how you are sleeping, seek advice and support from your GP.

Sleep well!

Kelly Clisby

Kelly Clisby

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