A study directed by a British research team concluded that going to bed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on a regular basis is associated with better heart health and lower risks of heart disease.
During the study, 88,000 volunteers wore a tracking bracelet that monitored their sleep and wake times for seven days.
According to the study published in the European Heart Journal, the researchers then tracked the volunteers’ heart and circulatory health for an average of six years.
Over 3,000 adults were reported to have developed cardiovascular disease, with many having bedtimes that were later or earlier than the “ideal” 10 to 11 p.m. timing.
According to a BBC report, study author Dr. David Plans of the University of Exeter said, “While we cannot conclude causation from our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with negative consequences for cardiovascular health.”
According to the author, sleeping after midnight was “the riskiest time” because it “may reduce the likelihood of seeing morning light, which resets the body clock.”
According to a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, “going to sleep between 10 and 11 p.m. could be the sweet spot for most people to keep their heart healthy long-term.”
“However, it’s important to remember that this study can only show an association and cannot prove cause and effect,” Regina Giblin continued. More research into the timing and duration of sleep as a risk factor for heart and circulatory diseases is required.”
Adults should get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“While the amount of sleep you get each day is important, other aspects of your sleep contribute to your health and well-being as well.” “Quality sleep is also important,” the CDC stated on its website.
Not feeling rested even after getting enough sleep, waking up frequently during the night, and experiencing symptoms of sleep disorders are all signs of poor sleep quality (such as snoring or gasping for air).