heart healthy shutterSleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don’t sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28 percent of adults now reporting that they get 6 or fewer hours of sleep per night. It’s not clear why less sleep is detrimental to heart health, but researchers understand that sleeping too little causes disruptions in many normal functions of the body, including blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Cardiologist Andrew Calvin says, “Don’t compromise your heart health. Do your best to make quality sleep a priority in your life. This isn’t being lazy; it’s good wisdom. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.” (Preceding taken from Mayo Clinic News Network).
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