Stress from work, poor sleep, and sleeping disorders are increasingly more common and may increase the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Oftentimes, environmental factors like poor diet, smoking, and high cholesterol play a big part in the risk, but now it seems that more than ever people are experiencing this risk as a result of stress.


Traditionally, men are more likely to smoke and have excessive weight, but women are at a higher risk of cardiovascular issues due to non-traditional factors such as stress and poor sleep.


Stress cannot directly cause a heart attack but instead triggers other functions in the body that increase your risk of one. When you are stressed, higher levels of cortisol levels are released, as well as an increased risk of high cholesterol, higher blood sugar, and high blood pressure.


Stress can also impact your sleep. Sleep deprivation or low quality sleep can trigger abnormal cardiovascular activity at night, causing elevated and fluctuating blood pressure and heart rate. Common sleep disorders, especially as they are related to heart disease, are obstructive sleep apneas (OSA), insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.


It is important that you get the proper amount of sleep, and if you find you frequently have issues falling asleep or staying asleep, contact your primary care services provider at NeighborMD, MSO services. A healthcare provider can help you assess your lifestyle and pinpoint areas of concern to help you get back on track for healthy sleep.