Not getting enough sleep can affect your ability to concentrate and increase your irritability. However, did you know that not getting the proper amounts of sleep can also be bad for your heart? Likewise, getting too much sleep can also be determinantal, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology 21st Annual Scientific Session.
Researchers explained how people who get less than six hours of sleep per night have a much greater chance of stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure. On the other hand, those who sleep more than eight hours per night may have narrow blood vessels that can fail to bring the necessary amount of oxygen and blood to the heart, which can cause chest pain and other symptoms.
“We now have an indication that sleep can impact heart health, and it should be a priority. Based on these findings, it seems getting six to eight hours of sleep everyday probably confers the least risk for cardiovascular disease over the long term,” said study lead author, Dr. Rohit R. Arora, M.D. of Chicago Medical School.
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