If you’re someone who finds themselves tossing and turning, I’m sure you already know about the tiredness and maybe grumpiness that can follow. But the consequences of lack of sleep go a lot deeper than that. Research shows that an on-going sleep deficiency can compromise your heart health. So, with that being said we want to bring your attention to Heart Health Week and create awareness around the connections between sleep and your heart health.
Heart Week is an opportunity for health professionals and the Australian public to start a conversation about heart health and the steps needed to reduce the risk of heart disease (Heart Foundation Australia, 2019). There are many benefits to getting quality sleep, but often the heart gets overlooked, when it’s one of the most important aspects to our health! Living the busy lives we live, many people see sleep as a “waste of time” but when sleep and heart health are so closely connected this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Research shows that people who aren’t getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night are at higher risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and heart attacks. Regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits, getting enough good quality sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of these conditions. A study published by Europe