#Sleep Your Way to a Healthier #Heart

A survey says 6 to 8 hours of sleep is the optimal amount for heart health. What happens if we get any more or any less?  According to this study, without hitting the sweet spot of sleep, you could be putting your heart at higher risk for heart disease.

When you get an imbalanced amount of sleep, you put yourself at higher risk for coronary artery disease or stroke. The lack of sleep gives rise to blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation. All three of the aforementioned are bad news for heart health.

What happens if you get less than the 6-8 hours? Researchers found these people at an 11% increased rate of problems over the next 9-years whereas the people who got more had a 33% increase.

The trick used to be getting to sleep. Now it seems it’s about the exact amount of sleep you get. Yes, diet and exercise are huge factors for heart health but now you need to get yourself a My Pillow to win the gold medal.

Here’s another fun fact: if you satisfy your time card for sleep every night, do a mirror check. Another study says if you have deep forehead wrinkles, it may be a subtle clue you’re at higher risk for cardiovascular risk.

Too bad, so sad. These aren’t the kind of deep wrinkles that can be erased with a wrinkle cream. The researchers said that if you can visibly see the deep wrinkles in someone forehead, you can tactfully advise them something needs to change. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep, perhaps?

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About Allie Beatty

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