How Can Lack of Sleep Contribute to Heart Disease?

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A lack of sleep is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, but we know this. Without sleep we are just not regenerating ourselves, but not only that, in those people who have a lack of sleep or less quality of sleep, there is an increase in high blood pressure. But here is another thing, with a lack of sleep there is a decrease in the secretion of leptin, which is the hormone that tells us that we're full. So people who sleep less, actually tend to eat more and can increase the tendency to gain weight.

When you think about having a heart healthy life, you really have to think about sleep as well, and sweet spot about seven and a half hours of sleep at night. If you sleep more than 9 or less than 6, it actually increases your risk of heart disease. So pay attention to your sleep, because it makes a difference.

With the lack of sleep there's also an increase in cortisol, and there is a change in the circadian rhythm, that normal rhythm that our bodies like to live in, and with that increase in cotozole guess what, there is an increase in inflammation and there is an increased risk of heart disease. So make sure you get sleep, and if you're not sleeping, talk to a doctor because there are ways to help you sleep better.

One of the best ways to get better sleep is by exercise, and then next best way is to, every night do the same thing, the same as if you would for a baby, go through that same routine, and put yourself to bed, because getting enough sleep can prevent you from developing heart disease.