Six to eight hours’ sleep

The Guardian Weekly - - Discovery Dispatches -

Six to eight hours of sleep a night is most ben­e­fi­cial for the heart, while more or less than that could in­crease the risk of coro­nary artery dis­ease or a stroke, re­searchers have sug­gested. The study, pre­sented at the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy Congress in Mu­nich, in­di­cates sleep de­pri­va­tion and ex­ces­sive hours in bed should be avoided for op­ti­mum heart health. The study’s au­thor, Dr Epameinon­das Foun­tas of the Onas­sis car­diac surgery cen­tre in Athens, said: “Our find­ings sug­gest that too much or too lit­tle sleep may be bad for the heart.”

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