Poor sleep linked to atrial fibrillation
Poor sleepers - whether or not they have sleep apnoea - are at greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a new analysis shows.
US researchers examined three sources of data, each using a different approach, to isolate and confirm the effects of poor sleep on atrial fibrillation.
Their analyses shows that:
- Disrupted sleep, including insomnia, is independently associated with atrial fibrillation;
- People who reported frequent night-time awakening had a 26% higher risk of atrial fibrillation compared with sound sleepers;
- People diagnosed with insomnia had a 29% higher risk of developing atrial