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How are heart failure and sleep related?

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The relationship between sleep and heart failure is a two-way street. Having heart failure means you're likely to have other health issues, including sleep problems. Likewise, sleep problems, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and insomnia, can make your heart failure symptoms worse.

A good night's sleep is important, whether your heart is healthy or not. Rest helps your heart as well as your energy levels, thinking skills, and overall health. If you can deal with your sleep problems, you may ease the burden on your heart.

SOURCES:

Medical Clinics of North America : "Sleep in Congestive Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke."

Texas Heart Institute: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Sleep Apnea?" "CPAP."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart."

European Heart Journal : "Insomnia and the risk of incident heart failure: a population study."

European Society of Cardiology: "Insomnia is linked to increased risk of heart failure."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Hygiene Tips."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Medical Clinics of North America : "Sleep in Congestive Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke."

Texas Heart Institute: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Sleep Apnea?" "CPAP."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart."

European Heart Journal : "Insomnia and the risk of incident heart failure: a population study."

European Society of Cardiology: "Insomnia is linked to increased risk of heart failure."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Hygiene Tips."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

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