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.