February is National Heart Health month, so while we are making a list of ways to keep our heart healthy, let’s start with sleep.
While you may not think that your heart and your sleep have much in common, they do work together. By not getting a sufficient amount of sleep each night, you could be increasing your risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), obesity, high blood pressure and other conditions.
Recently, a study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, found sleeping 7 or more hours each night increases overall heart health. The effect that poor sleep has on the body can increase the risk of developing CVD by 15% and increase the risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) by 23%.
Also studied was not just the amount of sleep but the quality of sleep in each patient. Studies indicated that those who experience poor-quality sleep increase the risk of developing CVD by 65% and increase the risk of developing CHD by 85%
If you are not getting 7 hours of quality sleep each night, you may want to try a few of these techniques.