Poor sleep may increase heart disease in women

19.02.2020

New research out of Columbia University shows there may be a link between poor sleep and lower-quality diet, which could lead to complications with weight-gain and heart health.

The study found that those with worse overall sleep quality consumed more of the added sugars associated with obesity and diabetes.

Faris Zuraikat, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and lead author of the study says that “Poor sleep quality may lead to excessive food and calorie intake by stimulating hunger signals or suppressing signals of fullness.”

“However, it’s also possible that poor diet has a negative impact on women’s sleep quality,” adds Zuraikat.

Read the study here https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.119.014587

So how do we achieve better quality sleep?

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There are a number of non-pharmaceutical interventions that should be explored before heading straight to a pill.

Minimizing exposure to light during bed time, as well as blue light from phones/tablets and other devices before bedtime can be the key to achieving quality, lasting sleep.  Also, minimising sugar, carbohydrate and caffeine consumption in the later hours of the day are also important.  Increasing daylight exposure, having a comfy bed and frequent exercise (but not too close to bedtime!) are all beneficial for a good night’s sleep.

Of course, these are strategies you already know. If you are already heading down this path, and still finding a lack of quality sleep, there are some things you can do that will aide you, prior to heading down the full-blown pharmaceutical route.

If you are experiencing a lack of quality sleep, there may be a compounded intervention that is suitable for you. Give us a call and ask to speak with a pharmacist about your options for a superior sleep.

ACPHARM could work with your doctor to dispense a novel, compounded solution in an easy to use format – our compounding pharmacy will be able to tailor-make a product for you, be it nutritional or hormonal intervention.  This product will be made specifically for you – and compounded in Australia’s first PCAB-Accredited Sterile compounding pharmacy.