The rise of heart disease and the breaking of hearts
In the not too distant past heart disease and different ailments that weren’t too common started springing up everywhere.
So, they turned to 829 teenagers participating in Project Viva, long-term research that recruited pregnant mothers and has tracked them and their kids for nearly 14 years. Heart disease remains a major killer, said lead researcher Elizabeth Cespedes Feliciano.
She’s a staff scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. Typical sleep duration for children in the study was only a little over seven hours daily, researchers found. “I was really struck by how little these teens are sleeping,”
said Dr. Andrew Varga, a sleep medicine specialist with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
“It isn’t totally surprising, given what I know about kids and their habits, but you’d think there could be some drive for these kids to sleep more because they
have a higher sleep need.” MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many kids don’t get enough sleep, which may put them on a path to future heart trouble, a new study finds. Further, almost a third of children slept less than seven hours. Coffee is said to be one of the reasons kids aren’t getting much sleep.
That’s because so many young ones are increasingly drinking coffee. But research has shown that coffee has more benefits than concerns.
But it appears that hardly any kids are getting the type of nightly slumber that would protect their upcoming heart health. In fact, only 2.2 percent of the children met or exceeded the typical recommended sleep length for their age group — nine hours per day for children 11 to 13 and eight hours
per day for teens 14 to 17. Prior studies have demonstrated that insufficient sleep boosts the odds for obesity. But Feliciano’s group wanted to check whether a lack of sleep also affects other heart disease variables for children. By Dennis Thompson Young teens who slept less than seven hours a night tended to have more body fat, elevated blood pressure and less healthy cholesterol levels — all bad for the heart, researchers say.