Sleeping pattern sign that could show you have high cholesterol

Too much cholesterol could cause heart problems or a stroke

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  • 05:00, 17 NOV 2021

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Sleeping pattern sign that could show you have high cholesterol
Sleeping pattern sign that could show you have high cholesterol

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Experts have said your sleeping pattern could be a sign you need to get your cholesterol levels checked.

High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood.

It’s mainly caused by eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. It can also run in families.

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Too much cholesterol can block your blood vessels. It makes you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke.

A study, published in 2014, proved a connection between sleep patterns and the largely symptomless condition.

And now researchers believe keeping an eye on your stages of sleep may be the key to finding out early, reports The Express.

According to LeicestershireLive, Doctor Don Grant, of the Independent Pharmacy, said: “High cholesterol is generally symptomless.BleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseHealthyGemCouple Makes A Bet: No Eating Out, No Cheat Meals, No Alcohol. A Year After, This Is Themby TaboolaSponsored Links

“It offers no warning signs and people will often learn they have high cholesterol in one of two ways; by getting a blood test or having an emergency event, such as a heart attack.”

But symptoms of unfavourable lipid levels can be expected further down the line, according to the medical expert.

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As the condition often goes unnoticed until deadly ailments are already in full swing, researchers unearthed that difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can be linked to high cholesterol.

No causal effect was established during the study, however, so it can’t be said that sleep disturbances are a symptom of high cholesterol.

Dr Grant said: “Currently, we cannot say that finding it hard to get to sleep or stay asleep is symptomatic of high cholesterol levels.

“However, with there being a connection between these issues, it’s not unreasonable to say that if people do have problems getting to sleep or staying asleep, they may wish to consider getting a blood test to establish if they have high cholesterol.

“It’s certainly better than the alternative of people discovering they have high cholesterol when they experience a heart attack or stroke.”

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