If you suffer from heart problems such as congestive heart failure, you may find yourself ensnared in a vicious cycle of fatigue. If your heart is not able to adequately pump the oxygen-rich blood needed to keep you strong and alert, you may find yourself becoming drowsy. Additionally, the effects of heart failure and worry over health issues may leave you unable to get proper rest. The following are several sleep issues linked to heart disease. These are followed by tips to help you get the rest that will help keep your ticker, and your body, as strong as possible.
14. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a blockage of the airway that leads to disrupted breathing while sleeping. This can occur when your throat muscles relax in sleep to such an extent that they block or greatly narrow your airway. Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. In some cases, those with sleep apnea may choke, gasp for breath, and thus awaken themselves in the night. According to a study in the Texas Heart Institute Journal, obstructive sleep apnea is linked to several heart conditions. These include high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, and heart failure.
13. Central Sleep Apnea
Like obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea refers to occasions of interrupted breathing during sleep. However, unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea is not caused by a physical blockage of the airways. Instead, the brain fails to signal your body to continue breathing. Symptoms of central sleep apnea include snoring, waking in the night and finding you are short of breath, and nighttime chest pain. Central sleep apnea can be a warning sign of underlying heart failure, according to the Critical Care Clinics Journal.