Poorer people have a greater risk of heart disease due to worse sleep

Insufficient sleep would be one of the reasons why economically disadvantaged people are more likely to suffer from heart disease and this seems to affect women more. A study published in Cardiovascular Research has come to this conclusion.

As explained by Dusan Petrovic, a researcher at the University Center for General Medicine and Public Health in Lausanne, “women with low socioeconomic status often combine the physical and psychosocial tension of manual and poorly paid jobs with family responsibilities and stress, which negatively affects on sleep and its effects on restoring health compared to men.”

The same researcher believes that structural reforms must be carried out, at all levels of society, to ensure that women can sleep more. One could think, for example, of reducing noise, one of the fundamental reasons for insufficient sleep, facilitating the purchase and installation of double-glazed windows or limiting traffic or prohibiting the construction of houses near highways to airports.

The researchers analyzed data from 111,205 people from four European countries. The same people were divided into three groups according to socioeconomic status (low, medium or high). Coronary heart disease or stroke were then considered based on medical records while sleep quality was established based on what the participants themselves declared.