Sleep: Can It Be a Predictor of Heart Disease?

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Sleep…it’s so restful after a long day…until it’s not.

You know the frustration of restless legs, getting up to pee, the constant chatter in your mind.

You may have even resigned yourself to sleeping less and wilt in front of the T.V. until your eyes droop.

But lack of sleep isn’t as harmless as you think.

If you get less than 6 hours of sleep a night, you are arming diseases to attack you.

A recent sleep study conducted at the University of South Korea followed 2,600 adults for over 2 years.

Researchers found that people who slept less than 6 hours a night were 41% more likely to get metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is the group of factors that put you at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

So I’ll say it again.

If you sleep less than 6 hours a night you are 41% more likely to succumb to heart disease and diabetes.

The study also found that lack of sleep was linked to:

• 30% increased risk of high blood sugar
• Excess belly fat
• 56% higher risk of hypertension

So, how do you get more sleep?

I used to suffer from insomnia too and after spending months staring at the ceiling, frustrated, I jumped into some research.

I tried meditation and yoga, created a bed time routine, took sleep supplements…even removed all electronics from the bedroom.

Nothing helped.

These are the things that helped me find a new way to sleep.

• Soak your feet before bed. It increases circulation and prevents agitation in your body.
• Leave the fan on. This creates airflow and the white noise will cut out distractions.
• Use scented candles or sprays. They affect your body chemistry and put you to sleep.
• If you wake up, stay in bed. Don’t walk around or even open your eyes
• Put a few drops of essential oils on your pillow. Scents like lavender and bergamot keep you calm.

I know what it’s like to feel frustrated by lack of sleep and I hope these tips will help you as much as they helped me.

Don’t give up,

Michael Adams, Princeton Nutrients Staff

P.S. Do you have a sure-fire way to fall asleep? Comment here and share your best trick.

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