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New Sleep Study Verifies Risks

New Sleep Study Verifies Risks
January 23
18:19 2019

Raise your hand if you get the right amount of quality sleep most nights.

If you asked that to a crowd of 100 people, chances are, very few would raise their hands.

Then ask them if they get more than 8 hours of sleep a night and see if any dare raise their hands.

We’ve all heard the numerous reports warning that a lack of sleep has a negative impact on one’s health. We’ve heard it can increase the chances of obesity, heart disease and even stroke. I’ve seen a few reports over the years that suggest that a lack of sleep may also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but often that is associated with the weight gain that comes from a lack of sleep.

A lack of sleep also impacts one’s ability to function – mentally and physically. It has an impact on job performance, athletic ability and often leads to tragic accidents on the job, at home and while driving.

A new study lends more evidence to the impact of too little sleep, and too much sleep:

“Sleeping less than six hours every night could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, said a study.”

“The study focused on 4,000 people with no known history of heart disease. Their average age was 46, and two-thirds of participants were men.”

“Participants wore an actigraph, a tool used to measure activity, for seven days to study their sleep. They also had 3D heart ultrasound and cardiac CT scans performed to look for heart disease.”

“Results of the study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed people who slept fewer than six hours a night were 27 percent more likely to develop atherosclerosis –  a buildup of plaque in the body’s arteries – compared to those who got between seven and eight hours of sleep.”

“‘This study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease – a factor we are compromising every day,’ said senior study author José M. Ordovás, a researcher at Madrid’s Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), in a statement.”

“The quality of sleep matters, too, said the study. Participants with a poor quality of sleep were 34 percent more likely to develop atherosclerosis than those who had a good night’s rest.”

Yes, the quality of sleep is also important. If you sleep for 8 hours, but it’s not a quality or comfortable sleep, it has the same effect of sleeping fewer hours. If this describes you, then it’s probably time to change some evening habits and possibly get a new bed, one that fits to your needs.

The study also revealed that sleeping more than 9 hours has the same effect as sleeping less than 6 hours. Too much sleep is just as unhealthy as too little sleep. The researchers recommended the that sleeping 7-8 hours of quality sleep is the best for your health.

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