Heart Health Tip

Mar. 23, 2017 at 12:57pm

Get Enough Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans are sleep-deprived workaholics. Only about a third of us are sleeping the recommended seven to eight hours a night, 44% report trouble falling asleep, 48% say they wake up in the night too often and 50% say they wake up unrefreshed. In fact, 40% say they have trouble staying awake on the job.
According to a review of 15 studies published in the European Heart Journal, consistently sleeping less than six hours a night nearly doubles your risk of heart attack and stroke.

So, what can you do to get enough sleep? Here are a few suggestions.
  • Make the room pitch-black dark and set the thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees.
  • Exercise regularly, 30 to 40 minutes a day to help fall asleep more easily.
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same times each day.
  • Lose excess weight. Overweight people are more prone to snoring and other nighttime breathing problems that can interfere with sleep.
  • Shut down your electronics an hour before bed as the light from some devices can stimulate the brain.
  • Avoid eating heavy meals too close to bedtime.

Posted in Health Info by Joe

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