Friday, February 19, 2010

One More hour of Sleep per Night Could Be Your Ticket to a Healthy Heart

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reports that former President Clinton’s heart troubles may relate to getting too little sleep.

Former President Clinton’s lack of sleep reflects a national problem. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) estimates that 70 million Americans suffer from one or more sleep disorders.

Poor sleep quality increases a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes, among other serious diseases. Regardless of American’s on-the-go lifestyles, sleep should not be trivialized.

A recent study from the University of Chicago found that those who increased their sleep from six to seven hours per night had a 33 percent decreased chance of having clogged arteries.
Finding time for that extra hour of sleep can be challenging – especially if you suffer from insomnia.

An estimated 30 percent of adults have insomnia symptoms. Less than 10 percent experience chronic insomnia.

Sleep hygiene can make falling asleep easier. "You need to set aside the time for sleep. You need a few hours to unwind before. It takes time for the brain to wind down," Dr. Charles Czeisler told ABC.

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