... By increasing stress, among other factors
(HealthDay News) -- When you're not sleeping well, your whole body can suffer -- including your heart.
The Women's Heart Foundation explains how sleep disturbances may affect heart health:
- Increased stress.
- Increased hunger, resulting weight gain.
- Increased risk of stroke, as a possible result of sleep apnea.
- Increased risk of heart disease, as a possible result of sleep apnea.
- High blood pressure, faster heart rate and irregular heartbeat.