Texas sleep expert breaks down recent study showing the best time to go to bed

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Daylight saving time ended weeks ago, but a local sleep expert says falling back could still hurt your health.

“We always see an increase in heart disease and heart attacks immediately afterwards because you are trying to sleep and your natural rhythm is always stressful,” said Dr. Stanley Wang, the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Austin Heart Hospital.

He said the latest research shows that there is a link between sleep and heart health. The study recently published in the European Heart Journal shows what happens to your heart when you go to bed at a certain time.

“The study shows that those who went to bed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. had 25% less heart disease than people who went to bed sooner or later,” said Wang.

Wang says your body’s natural clock, or circadian rhythm, is more important to your heart than going to bed at a specific time.

“You can’t expect your heart to be healthier just because you go to bed at a certain time. It would be like telling you, ‘Billionaires go to sleep at 10am, so you should go to bed at 10am and expect to wake up a billionaire.’ “

His interpretation of the study? People who don’t sleep at ideal times may need to have their heart checked.

“Do you have trouble falling asleep because of undiagnosed heart failure? Do you have undiagnosed sleep apnea? ”Are all reasons Wang says you should speak to your doctor.

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