Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sleep May Play Important Role in Heart Health

Posted by Neill Abayon

A good night's sleep boosts the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on the heart, according to a new large study from the Netherlands published in theEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology on Wednesday.

The researchers found that not smoking, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and moderate alcohol consumption protects against cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

However, they also found sufficient sleep (defined as 7 or more hours a night) further increases the heart benefits of these four traditional healthy lifestyle habits.

Their analysis suggests the effect of sufficient sleep on heart-related deaths could be as strong as not smoking.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for diseases of the heart or blood vessels, such as coronary heart disease, stroke peripheral arterial disease, and aortic disease.

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