A Harvard health publication has
reported that an analysis of 30 studies encompassing 66,635 patients
showed a substantial increase in risk of heart attack, serious
arrhythmias and congestive heart failure between 6 a.m. and noon .
It further states that most heart attacks occur during the last stage
of sleep in the morning, and during the early morning hours after
waking . It is not known why there is this hourly variation but a
number of reasons are suggested. Water is not one of them.
My theory is that the amount of water in the body is a crucial factor.
The first period is when the body has the least amount of water in the
system and is dehydrated after 6-8 hours of sleep, and the first
morning hours are when most people are doing a lot of things but also
without sufficient water. Some do exercises before coffee, or are
surviving on a single cup of coffee, juice, or a glass of milk during
what is for many a very stressful period. After eight hours of
dehydration, this is not sufficient to keep the body going. Plus the
fact that many do not drink anything before going to sleep, and even
sometimes 2 hours before sleep, so that they will not have to get up
all night. We are basically running on empty in terms of the liquid the
system needs to perform all of its functions.
Therefore, I believe that a lot of attacks or other problems could be
alleviated by drinking before sleeping, even if it means extra trips,
and possibly even half a cup during the last time up in the early
morning, and before that last stage of sleep. Secondly, drinking at
least 1 glass of water has been suggested by many (some suggest more), without
specifically relating to the topic of this article, immediately upon rising.
To this, I wish to add: PRIOR TO ANY physical or EMOTIONAL exercise, be it before or upon rising.
Also, it may be best
to wait a bit after drinking and before ingesting food, which
requires the system to channel fluid away from other operations in the
body into the digestive process. I believe that these simple changes
could save many lives.
1. "A meta -analysis of 30 studies that included 66,635
patients found a 40% increase in risk between 6 a.m. and noon.
Similarly, sudden cardiac deaths are 29% more common in the early
morning than at other times of the day. Serious arrhythmias and deaths
from congestive heart failure follow the same pattern." Timing is
everything: Fluctuations in cardiac risk. Reprint of an article in
December 2004 Harvard Men's Health Watch (you will have to use page
zoom on this one) Timing
is everything: Fluctuations in cardiac risk
2. When Are You Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack? Time Magazine
interview with Professor Roberto Manfredini, Perspective relating to
above article with significant additions.When
Are You Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack?
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