If you visit the website of Phoenix snoring and sleep apnea dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox (www.DesertSmiles.com) you will find several articles and blogs relating the close association of heart problems and poor sleep due to insomnia, snoring and sleep apnea. In his latest blog (The Insomnia Blog) Sleep Doctor Michael Breus reports on a new study that adds yet another factor to how important sleep quality is to heart health. Turns out that the new study from Emory University shows that poor sleep may worsen heart health by increasing inflammation. While inflammation is a normal physiological process and part of our immune system, when it runs amok it can wreak havoc on our cells and tissues, Dr. Breus reports. This can explain why inflammation can play a major role in heart health, as it can lead to restricted blood flow and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. In the study those who regularly got the least sleep had higher levels of the famous C-reactive protein that is used as a bio marker for inflammation. Those with poor sleep quality had higher blood pressures. In addition, fibrinogen was higher in these subjects with poor sleep as well. If forms a fibrous mesh that slows blood flow, thus increasing blood pressure. The mesh quickens the time it takes for your blood to clot, which can cause a stroke or heart attack. Snoring can be a major indication that you suffer from sleep apnea and all the heart complications listed above. Visit our Glendale dental sleep medicine center for snoring solutions and sleep apnea treatment alternatives to CPAP.