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Less Sleep Can Massively Increase Risk

Today new study results were released from a massive British study of more than 470,000 people in eight countries, including the United States.

The study analyzed the negative effects of insufficient sleep and determined that a lack of sleep apparently can increase your risk for stroke and heart attack.

“If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep, you stand a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 percent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke,” Dr. Francesco Cappuccio, of the Warwick Medical School in England and a co-author of the research, said in a news release from the University of Warwick.

Dr. Michelle Miller, who co-authored the study with Cappuccio, explained in the news release that “chronic short sleep produces hormones and chemicals in the body which increase the risk of developing heart disease and strokes, and other conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.”

The study was published Feb. 8 in the European Heart Journal.

Researchers advised that getting about seven hours of sleep a night protects your health and reduces your risk for developing chronic disease.

With a lack of sleep causing immensely higher risk of a stroke or heart attack, you may want to make getting enough sleep a priority.

Have a healthy day,

Larry Berman

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