A number of studies have shown that lack of sleep may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, a new study explains how this happens. Sleep loss cause changes to the genes that regulate cholesterol levels.
Sleep deprivation leads to lesser amounts of high density lipoproteins (HDL) which is the good cholesterol. The HDL is necessary for the removal of the low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the bad cholesterol, from the arteries.
A short period of sleep deprivation can have a big impact on overall wellbeing and especially cardiovascular health.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.