There are many negative effects caused from lack of sleep, specifically cardiovascular health.
- May be hard on your blood vessels, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
- People who slept less than six hours nightly were 27% more likely to have early signs of cholesterol-laden plaque (atherosclerosis) in their neck and leg arteries than those who got seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
- 20% of people with the worst-quality sleep (the most waking and movement) were 34% more likely to have atherosclerosis compared with those who got more restful sleep.
- Affects blood pressure, blood sugar and inflammation.
So how does sleep help my heart?
- Affects processes that keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, including those that affect your blood sugar, blood pressure and inflammation levels.
- Plays a vital role in your body’s ability to heal and repair the blood vessels and heart.
Good health and sleep go hand in hand.
The amount of sleep one requires mostly depends on age. Generally, adults need at least 7 hours and 8-9 hours is commonly the optimum.