Sleep Disorders

Neurological sleep disorders linked to blood pressure and heart disease

Doctors have known for years that sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, but neurological sleep problems like restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and teeth-grinding may also pose similar cardiovascular risks.

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How does sleep apnea affect your heart?

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea — but for those who do have it, the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke is real.

Narcolepsy and Heart Health

A rare sleep disorder, narcolepsy is also associated with several other medical conditions, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

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Getting to the Heart of Sleep Health Podcast Series

Learn from experts in sleep medicine about sleep health and its cardiovascular consequences.

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Health Care Professional Resources

Sleep Duration and Quality: Impact on Lifestyle Behaviors and Cardiometabolic Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association