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Good Sleep = Good Health

August 22, 2013

We’ve all experienced a bad nights sleep that leaves you feeling groggy, irritable and unproductive the next day, but there might just be more to getting an early night than what you might think. Just ask Andy Murray for instance, he put his 2013 Wimbledon win down to a good 12 hours sleep the night before. In fact, research into sleep also seems to suggest that not only will 7 hours of sleep a night leave you feeling happier, but it will also be of great benefit to one's heart.

It has already been well documented that a poor nights sleeping pattern over a long period of time can and will have a profound effect on one’s health. Amongst other things it contributes to high blood pressure, strokes and general heart disease. 

Research currently being done in Holland has taken things one step further however, and is the first study to look at whether sleep can further reduce the risk of heart disease, when added to the four other healthy lifestyle indicators such as being physically active, eating a healthy diet, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.

Dutch Sleep Research:

The research being done in the Netherlands studied over 14,000 men and women aged between 20 and 65 for more than a decade. It recorded how many people in the study died of heart problems, or suffered from cardiovascular disease. All of the subjects had their diet, physical activity, and their drinking and smoking habits monitored, as well as how much sleep they got each night.

After 12 years of observing and recording all 14,000 subjects, 600 people had developed heart disease and 129 had died. It was found those who ate healthily, exercised regularly, did not smoke and drank in moderation had significantly lower chances of heart problems. This chance of contracting cardiovascular disease was lowered even further in subjects that had seven or more hours sleep every night.

The Results:

If one thing rings true, and this study’s results seem to prove it, people have to shift their views on the importance of an all round healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy food and doing the right exercise does help, but living a healthy lifestyle that includes a good nights sleep every night is just as important. In fact, these figures certainly do indicate that good quality sleep can and does have an effect on cardiovascular health. We here at The Bed King believe sleep is an overlooked risk factor for heart disease and will help promote sleep as not just a necessary part of life, but as a healthy part of it as well. 

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