It seems like 6-8 hours of sleep a night is the sweet spot for good heart health and overall well-being! ABC news posted an interesting article on a study presented at the 61st Annual conference of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago.
“Based on these findings, it seems getting six to eight hours of sleep everydayprobably confers the least risk of cardiovascular disease over the long term,” said study author Dr. Rohit Arora, chair of cardiology at Chicago Medical School.
Not sleeping enough activates the part of your nervous system responsible for the”fight-or-flight” response releasing high levels of stress hormones that raise your blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar, all of which are inherently bad for your heart.
Teasing out the harmful effects of too much sleep is more complicated. But some studies suggest people who oversleep may be more likely to have depression and less likely to exercise, which could up the risk of heart disease.”