Features July 2009 Issue

You and Your Heart Need a Good Night’s Sleep

Maintaining a healthy weight and making smart lifestyle choices will help.

When you think about heart health, sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but evidence that ties poor sleep to an increased risk of heart-related problems is growing. "When you’re not getting good sleep, there’s a whole host of biological and neurochemical balances that can be put out of balance," explains Michael Faulx, MD, a cardiologist with the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. "Your body secretes hormones that can increase your blood pressure and heart rate and raise the level of inflammation. All of these can have a negative impact on heart health."

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