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Sleep for a healthy heart

  • Published at 09:58 am June 1st, 2013
Sleep for a healthy heart

Lack of sleep can do more than make you cranky—it can shorten your lifespan. New research suggests that sleeping less than six to eight hours a night leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Scientists from the University of Warwick recently revealed that for people who do not get at least six hours of sleep regularly, the risk of heart disease can increase up to 48%,  and the risk of stroke up to 15%. The researchers found that chronic sleep shortages produce hormones and chemicals in the body that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

“The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health,” researcher Francesco Cappuccio told the BBC. “So you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these life-threatening conditions.”

The study suggests that sleep deprivation also contributes to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.