People who have recently lost a spouse are more likely to have sleep disturbances. The exacerbate levels of inflammation in the body are elevated.
The study compared the self-reported sleep habits of recently widowed people to a control group. Both groups had sleep disturbances, such as insomnia. The researchers found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses.
Corresponding author Diana Chirinos said the study suggested that these individuals were more susceptible to the negative health effects of poor sleep.
"The death of a spouse is an acutely stressful event and they have to adapt to living without the support of the spouse," she said. "Add sleep disturbance to your already stressful situation and you double the stressor. As a result, their immune system is more overactivated. "
Chirinos said he already knew that he had higher levels of inflammation. Priority is revealed in the first six months after the loss of a spouse, widows, and widowers are at a higher risk of mortality, and 53 percent of this increased risk is due to cardiovascular disease. However, they wanted to find the specific cause.
Published: November 10, 2018 3:09 pm