Researchers at UCSF after examining three sources of data have concluded that disruptions in sleep may increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life.
People with frequent nighttime awakening had a 26% increase risk of developing atrial fibrillation. People with insomnia had a 29% increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
Why disturbed sleep is associated with the development of atrial fibrillation is unknown. It may be hypothesized that disturbed sleep negatively impacts the autonomic nervous system.
Poor sleep is associated with other risk factors for heart disease including stroke, high blood pressure and obesity.
Improved sleep hygiene may help prevent atrial fibrillation and its associated risk of stroke.
American Heart Association Meeting Presentation: 733 Session: AR.RFO.52 and 218-AR.AOS.780