Scientists found those who suffered several nights of poor sleep were more likely to develop the condition‚ in which the heart fails to pump properly.
Scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked at more than 50‚000 people aged between 20 and 89.
At the beginning of the study‚ none of them were known to have heart failure.
In this condition the muscles of the heart are often too out of shape to do their job properly - they may be too weak or too stiff to pump blood around the body at the right pressure.
People with the disorder may feel increasingly breathless and exhausted.