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How Much Sleep Do I Need to Stay Heart Healthy?

July 5, 2012

Some medical studies in the past showed that insufficient sleep can put extra stress on the heart and contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.  Other studies suggested that too much sleep may not benefit the heart either. This leaves us wondering:

“How much sleep do we really need to keep our hearts healthy?”

sleeping for heart healthAccording to a recent study, the right amount of sleep can have a positive effect on heart health. This study was an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which interviewed over 3,000 Americans about a wide range of health-related issues, including cardiovascular health and sleep. The researchers discovered that adults who were sleeping less than six hours a day had a greater risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, and stroke, and those who were getting more than eight hours of sleep were more susceptible to heart disease and angina.

Findings of the study confirmed that there is an important connection between sleep and heart health. As such, you have to make sure that you have just the right amount of sleep every day. The ideal amount of sleep varies from one person to another, but you should try to get six to eight hours of quality sleep every day.

If you want to learn more about sleep and its effect on your heart health, you can read this article about sleep apnea.

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