Sleep

How does sleep support the heart?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 19, 2022

Does sleeping well lower your risk for heart disease and stroke? Research suggests that 70% of heart disease and stroke cases could be prevented with optimal sleep.

Study Summary

A new study, which included 7,200 participants, associated:

  • Suboptimal sleep with an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

Note: Optimal sleep in this study was defined by: sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night without insomnia and without excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep apnoea, combined with being an early bird.

The Hearty Take

Sleep hygiene is incredibly important for health. This study emphasizes a body of research which suggests that adequate sleep hygiene prevents diseases of aging. If you can, try to sleep early and wake early and remember to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Trouble sleeping? Reach out to your medical concierge team for some tips!

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