A recently published study attempts to shed light on why people from low socioeconomic backgrounds tend to have a higher risk of heart disease than those who come from more affluent backgrounds. The argument that was recently made states that a lack of sufficient sleep is one of the most pervasive reasons why people from a disadvantaged background are impacted more negatively.
The article was published in Cardiovascular Research, which is a journal sponsored by the European Society of Cardiology.
This might not make sense at first, but people with less money tend to sleep less for many different reasons. Stress can play a role here, as can working a second job or working a difficult shift schedule. But poor sleep habits do have an impact on health whatever the reasoning might be.
In fact, sleep plays a large role in many areas of health. Sleep helps our bodies and brains to heal. It reduces stress and helps fight mental illness. But even with this knowledge, a lot of us don’t make sleep the priority it should be. And we don’t make it the priority that it should be for the people that we care about. I am guilty of this one myself, even though I have read and researched sleep for a number of years to help readers of this blog be more informed.
These are generalizations. Although they might hold true on a larger scale, they won’t apply to each situation. What’s true of one person won’t always be true of another. These poor sleep habits can also have an impact on very wealthy individuals. However, because it does impact such a huge number of people, it is worth pointing out.
Of course, this is not the only reason why heart disease occurs. Poor eating habits, not enough exercise, and smoking can also lead to poor heart health. Unfortunately, these are also habits that a lot of economically disadvantaged individuals possess. Increased educational efforts have helped to alleviate this issue, but a gap in knowledge and care still exists. Until better preventative care exists, this is a problem that will continue to persist in our society.
Having a good care team on your side can help. Having the right doctors and caregivers working with your loved ones can be a huge benefit, and not just for educating people regarding health risks. Having a skilled care team working with you can also help you implement helpful behaviors into your family’s everyday routine.
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