The ONLY time you want your heart to skip a beat is when it happens as a figure of speech. Because in that case, fiction beats reality any day.
A heart flutter isn’t the result of romance, excitement, or danger in the real world. Instead, an arrhythmia is a sign of a serious heart rhythm problem. One that could instantly put you at a higher risk for a stroke or other serious issues.
But new research reveals a way to help keep your heart beating steady as a metronome.
And there’s literally nothing extra you have to do. Because this time-keeping tip happens at night when you’re sound asleep.
The RIGHT sleep can help KEEP the BEAT
It’s no secret. Good sleep is VITAL for good health. No one can argue against that. And no one wants to battle poor sleep, either.
But up to 70 million American adults do have a sleep disorder. Plus, up to 70 percent of seniors struggle with sleep troubles at least some of the time.
And while most folks know falling a few winks short of 40 isn’t ideal, many don’t realize just HOW bad it can be. The truth is insomnia, and other nighttime disorders can contribute to cardiovascular disease, dementia, and even death.
The new study adds one more danger to that list. In some cases, poor sleep can throw your heart off-kilter, leading to a dangerous arrhythmia.
The folks who reported the poorest sleep patterns, such as insomnia, snoring, or “night owl” habits, had the highest chance of developing one of these dangerous conditions.
But the volunteers with better habits… the ones who regularly hit the pillow and knocked out for a full night of rest… enjoyed TWO key benefits.
And those were a:
- 29 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter
- 35 percent lower risk of bradyarrhythmia
And folks who hit the genetic jackpot… the ones who had a naturally lower risk of heart rhythm issues PLUS good sleep habits… had nearly HALF the risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
Certain habit changes could head off arrhythmia
Other research has revealed a similar link. For example, a study in 2016 found that insomnia raises the odds of atrial fibrillation by 29 percent while waking up frequently increases those odds by 26 percent.
That study also found that other common sleep problems… such as too little REM sleep… can also trigger atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia).
In many cases, simple habit changes can lead to significantly better sleep:
- No LED lights at night
- Skip caffeine late in the day
- Quit your late-night TV habit
- Read a book before bed
- Drink herbal tea, especially with chamomile
But not every sleep disorder can be solved with lifestyle changes like these.
The best solution for your arrhythmia-triggering sleep issue depends on the cause. I have a list of the most common sources of sleep stress – and what to do about them – right here.