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How does too little sleep affect heart health?

Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at a higher risk for heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, irregular heartbeats and high blood pressure, as well as stroke and diabetes. According to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia, a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep, also have another health condition.

Skimping on sleep increases arterial aging and raises your risk of a heart attack. Getting less than six to eight hours a night will also cause you to release less serotonin (the feel-good hormone) in your brain. The result: You risk later indulging in less-than-healthy ways to feel good, such as noshing on sugary foods or tipping too many martinis.

Consider napping. A daytime doze is a stress buster and heart protector.

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