Sleep deprivation has long been linked with unhealthy hearts.
Studies often find that those suffering from insomnia are more likely to develop heart disease, experience heart attacks and even suffer from strokes.
It would also appear that male insomniacs are more likely to pay the ultimate price for their insomnia compared to healthy sleepers.
Way back in 2010 I reported on a study that found male insomnia sufferers were four times more likely to die prematurely compared to healthy sleepers.
Now a study has found that male insomnia sufferers are more likely to develop heart disease (and die as a result) compared to healthy sleepers.
This latest study followed more than 23,000 men over a period of six years. After adjusting for factors unrelated to insomnia, researchers found that men who had trouble falling asleep were at a 55% increased risk of death related to heart disease.
Men who suffered from non-restorative sleep were found to be at a 32% increased risk of death related to heart disease.
To my knowledge, no studies have been undertaken comparing insomnia mortality in men with insomnia mortality in women - so for now, all we can conclude is that insomnia comes with a number of serious health consequences.
As I've said over and over again, this is further proof that insomnia is something to be taken seriously, and never to be ignored.
Last updated: January 28, 2014