You know that eating well, exercising, not smoking and other healthy lifestyles are very important in order to avoid heart attacks and stroke, along with keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at bay.
Now a new study, presented at The European Society of Cardiology annual congress has revealed a factor that is even more important.
It’s a specific sleep habit.
Apparently, sleeping the wrong way will harden your arteries and can double your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Swedish scientists found that middle-aged men who slept five hours or less a night had double the risk of heart disease as compared to those who slept seven or eight hours.
In 1993, 798 50-year-old men from Gothenburg agreed to participate in the study.
They underwent a medical examination and completed questionnaires regarding their health and sleeping habits.
Using this information, the scientists divided them into groups that had five or less sleeping hours, six sleeping hours, seven to eight sleeping hours, and those that had more than eight hours of sleep.
The researchers then observed them for 21 years to see who would suffer cardiovascular events.
Those who slept for five or less hours per night had a doubled risk of suffering a major cardiovascular event when compared with those who slept between seven and eight hours.
This group also had a considerably higher risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
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