How a Little More Sleep Could Save Your Heart
Most doctors have plenty of heart advice for their patients. Eat a healthy diet… exercise more… slim down… avoid alcohol… the list goes on and on. But if you could only do one thing for your heart, your best choice just might be to get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep problems are both more common – and more serious – than you may know.
One study followed more than 9,000 men and women over 65. Over the course of 3 years, more than 80% – over 7,200 people – suffered with at least one major sleep problem on a consistent basis!1
Based on this study, it appears 4 out of 5 mature adults have regular sleep problems. And that’s serious.
The same study linked sleeplessness to a greater risk of disabilities, breathing problems, and poor mood. Johns Hopkins researchers have also linked poor sleep to problems handling blood sugar.2
But another health problem linked to poor sleep may come as a surprise. If you’re not sleeping well, you could wind up with high blood pressure. Even as young as in your early 30’s.3
That’s right. Poor quality sleep can all lead to one of the major causes of heart trouble. And the link is pretty clear.
Along with a number of studies, I’ve seen two in-depth reviews of the data.
In 2006, a team from Columbia University sifted through detailed health information in a major national survey. They found poor sleep more than doubled the risk of high blood pressure. Their research also confirmed a higher risk for people as young as 32.4
More recently, medical school researchers in Italy took a different approach. They combed through thousands of studies to find those that looked at sleep and blood pressure. And they found a clear link. Sleeping poorly appears to drive up blood pressure.5
This doesn’t mean everyone who sleeps poorly will have high blood pressure. But if you’re not sleeping well, and your blood pressure is high… you may have a new way to fight back.
Nutritional supplements with pomegranate, garlic, and other natural ingredients help promote healthy blood pressure. So does sleep.
If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, melatonin could help. As you age, your body produces less of this “sleep hormone.” That’s one reason sleep problems are so common among mature adults. A little melatonin can help you balance out what you’re missing.
Even a very small amount of melatonin is enough to promote better sleep. In an Israeli study, volunteers taking just 1 mg – about .000035 ounces – a night slept better.6
So, if you’re not sleeping well, consider taking a natural sleep formula with melatonin. You may just get a blood pressure bonus along with your better night’s sleep.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Foley, D.J., et al, “Sleep complaints among elderly persons: An epidemiologic study of three communities,” Sleep Medicine. Jul 1995; 18(6): 425-432.
2 Punjabi, N.M., et al, “Sleep-disordered breathing, glucose intolerance, and insulin resistance: the Sleep Heart Health Study,” Am J Epidemiol. Sep 15, 2004; 160(6): 521-530.
3 Knutson, K.L., et al, “Association Between Sleep and Blood Pressure in Midlife,” Arch Intern Med. 2009; 169(11): 1055-1061.
4 Gangwisch, J.E., et al, “Short sleep duration as a risk factor for hypertension: analyses of the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,” Hypertension. May 2006; 47(5): 833-839.
5 Palagini, L., et al, “Sleep loss and hypertension: a systematic review,” Curr Pharm Des. 2013; 19(13): 2409-2419.
6 Haimov, I., et al, “Melatonin replacement therapy of elderly insomniacs,” Sleep. 1995; 18(7): 598-603.
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