Sleep Disorders

Neurological sleep disorders linked to blood pressure and heart disease

Doctors have known for years that sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, but neurological sleep problems like restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and teeth-grinding may also pose similar cardiovascular risks.

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How does sleep apnea affect your heart?

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea — but for those who do have it, the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke is real.

Enjoy your nap, but be aware of the pros and cons

You could read this story now. Or you could take a nap first, and perhaps tackle it feeling more alert and refreshed.

Health-wise, is that a good idea?

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Sleep disorders plague stroke survivors – and put them at risk

People who have strokes or mini-strokes often experience a wide range of sleep disorders in the months that follow, a problem that can put them at increased risk for subsequent strokes, an analysis shows.

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Getting to the Heart of Sleep Health Podcast Series

Learn from experts in sleep medicine about sleep health and its cardiovascular consequences.


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Health Care Professional Resources

Sleep Duration and Quality: Impact on Lifestyle Behaviors and Cardiometabolic Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association