Hit the sack for heart health

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The next time you’re con­sid­er­ing an all-night Net­flix binge, take this to heart: Nu­mer­ous heartre­lated health risks are linked to sleep de­pri­va­tion, in­clud­ing weight gain, in­sulin re­sis­tance, Type 2 di­a­betes and high blood pres­sure. What’s more, new re­search pub­lished in the jour­nal

Sci­en­tific Re­ports in­di­cates that when you go to bed is just as im­por­tant as the amount of sleep you get and that con­sis­tency is key: Study vol­un­teers with ir­reg­u­lar bed­times had higher body mass in­dex, blood sugar and blood pres­sure, and they were more likely to have a heart at­tack or stroke in the fol­low­ing decade than in­di­vid­u­als who main­tained reg­u­lar sleep­ing pat­terns.

Pro­tect your heart by go­ing to bed at a con­sis­tent time, even on the week­ends, and aim for at least seven un­in­ter­rupted hours of sleep per night.

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