When we think of heart health, we normally think of blood pressure and cholesterol.
But a little-known indicator is actually one of the strongest indicators of heart health. And it’s one that’s adversely affected by sleep apnea, according to a study in the journal Russian Military Medical Academy Reports.
Your heart rate is not supposed to stay constant. It is meant to change from minute to minute, or even second to second, to accommodate your current activities.
For example, when you’re half asleep in bed, it’s meant to be slow. When you get up and walk to the kitchen, it should speed up a bit. When you go for your morning run, it’s meant to accelerate significantly.
If your heart rate variability is high, you are like a smart expensive vehicle that can go to 60 miles per hour in 2 seconds. Because your heart rate can accelerate quickly, your cardiovascular system responds perfectly to your movements and activities.
But if your heart rate variability is low, many studies have established that you are more likely than your peers are to suffer heart attacks, heart failure, diabetic neuropathy, depression, and PTSD.
According to many published studies, sleep apnea increases your risk of developing heart disease.
The new study’s authors decided to find out whether it had something to do with heart rate variability.
As you would expect, they recruited a group of subjects with sleep apnea and a group of healthy sleepers.
They measured their subjects’ heart rate variability in many different ways and found that those with sleep apnea were more likely to have low variability than those without sleep apnea.
The authors also warned that this disturbance in our hearts’ ability to change its rate appropriately can cause serious cardiovascular disease and even death.
In fact, the problem is bigger than just cardiovascular disease. Your autonomic nervous system is responsible for your heart rate variability, so it is a good test to see whether this part of your nervous system is functioning properly. If it is not, you may also develop respiratory problems, as your autonomic nervous system is responsible for respiratory function too.
The bottom line is that if you suffer sleep apnea, you must address it. And the good news is that you can completely rid yourself of sleep apnea in as little as 3 minutes using the simple throat exercises found here…