According to a recent study published in the scientific journal SLEEP, you should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night for optimal heart health.
Getting only 5 hours of sleep doubles your risk of suffering from angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke compared to people who get 7 hours of sleep.
Sleeping in doesn’t help either though (sorry if you were looking for an excuse). Sleeping 9 hours of more results in an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.
The article continues by saying, “the amount of time you sleep affects endocrine and metabolic functions, and lack of sleep can lead to improper glucose tolerance, reduced insulin sensitivity and elevated blood pressure, all of which increase the risk of hardening the arteries.
In sum, GET YOUR 7 HOURS OF SLEEP!!! If you’re not, sleepyhead might be the ticket to helping you fall asleep faster and getting your 7 hours.