If you don’t sleep well or long enough, you may be at risk of this one thing
I was drawn into this research because I sleep poorly.
It’s not because I don’t like sleep — I have so much to do that the only thing I can shave off is sleep!
Habits such as this get me into a lot of trouble.
For instance, I have lower concentration levels after 3 pm and tend to get tired after lunch.
Then after a coffee, I’m back on hyperdrive until the work day ends.
I know how bad this is, and now, another health mishap might occur for people like myself who don’t sleep enough!
We’re not sleeping enough for better health
Less sleep seems to be the norm.
Around nine out of ten people don’t get a good night’s sleep. That’s a pretty high figure!
Those of us who live on less than the ideal amount of sleep are usually people who are on turned on the full force 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
The importance of sleep should be taught early on, quite possibly during school.
I don’t know about you, but sleep wasn’t exactly a topic most teachers discussed during health education. Instead, teenagers were more inclined to listen in on sex education than sleep!
A sleep study conclusion
In one study, men & women aged 50 to 70 who were free of cardiovascular disease were recruited for a preventative medical study between 2008 and 2011.
Participants underwent a physical examination and questionnaires regarding lifestyle, personal and family medical history, and any medical conditions they might have.
During this study, the focus was on sleep scores.
Researchers checked in with these participants every two years for ten years.
Here are the results of this comprehensive study
- 274 participants developed coronary heart disease or stroke
- The risk of coronary heart disease decreased by 22% with more sleep.
- Those who slept 7–8 hours had a 75% lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke.
Researchers uncovered that adding more optimal sleep every night could prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Just think of how many instances of stroke might be avoided every year if people thought to sleep between 7–8 hours per night.
Sleep helps preserve our health
Sleep is one potential that can help preserve our heart health and decrease our chances of developing coronary heart disease and stroke.
Given that CV is so prevalent around the world today. It certainly gives us more awareness to help maintain a healthy heart.
So, does this give you enough evidence to increase your sleep duration?
Although I have no history of heart disease, it has opened my eyes to how vulnerable one can become without sleep.
It might be time for a ‘more sleep’ challenge!
Do you sleep every single night enough?
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