Sleep and your heart

Health and Fitness

Looking for an excuse to sleep more? You’re in luck. 

Recent research suggests that getting too little sleep can be bad for your heart. 

The study, an international collaboration of scientists, has led the US-based National Sleep Foundation to recommend most adults get between seven and nine hours sleep each night. 

The study, an international collaboration of scientists, has led the US-based National Sleep Foundation to recommend most adults get between seven and nine hours sleep each night.  

It has previously been established that getting too little sleep can lead to increased risk of diabetes, and this new research shows it can also increase the chances of certain types of cardiovascular disease, especially in women and the elderly. 

The study found those getting less than four hours of sleep can increase the likelihood of death by some types of heart disease, like heart attacks and angina. 
“Our results show that enough, but not too much sleep is important for a healthy lifestyle," said author Linn Beate Strand.

So there you have it from the experts – the perfect reason to get a good night sleep. In the interest of heart health, we also emphasise that the study suggests that too much sleep can also have a negative effect, and that it is not recommended that you have more than 10 hours' sleep on a regular basis. As with most things heart related (and health in general), moderation seems to be key.

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