Sleep and Cardiovascular Function

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Sleep and Cardiovascular Function

There’s an even more serious danger lurking under the bed – according to the results of recently published research, routinely getting only 5 hours or less of quality sleep at night is known to double your risk of developing (or exacerbating) high blood pressure.1 Even worse – failing to get at least 7 hours of sleep significantly increases your chances of suffering a heart attack!2 While these studies highlight problems associated with chronic sleep issues, the occasional inability to fall asleep can also be of concern.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Melatonin and Sleep

1. Gangwisch JE, Heymsfield SB, Boden-Albala B, Buijs RM, Kreier F, Pickering TG, Rundle AG, Zammit GK, Malaspina D. Short sleep duration as a risk factor for hypertension. Analyses of the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Hypertension 2006;47:833-839.
2. Ayas NT, White DP, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Speizer FE, Malhotra A, Hu FB. A prospective study of sleep duration and coronary heart disease in women. Arch Intern Med 2003;163:205-209.

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