For Your Heart's Sake, Get to Bed

Are you counting on that large coffee in the morning to make up for the sleep you lost? Think again. New research shows that adequate sleep can be vital to your heart and vascular health.
A survey published in the European Heart Journal found that people who get less than six hours of sleep each night are 48 percent more likely to develop or die of heart disease than those who get the recommended seven to eight hours nightly.

Stroke Risk Also Rises
They are also 15 percent more likely to suffer from a stroke. The researchers came to these results after analyzing the sleep and heart health data of more than 450,000 men and women from previous clinical studies.
Experts don’t completely understand why getting less sleep may cause heart and vascular problems. However, they believe that losing out on sleep may cause the body to increase inflammation, which can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries.

Lack of Sleep May Increase Inflammation, Hormones
Lack of sleep can also lead to higher levels of certain hormones and chemicals associated with higher levels of heart disease and stroke. Regularly getting too little sleep has also been linked to other health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

To avoid health problems and reap the benefits of sleep, adults should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Learn more about the importance of sleep—and get tips on how to develop better sleep habits—by visiting
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