Better Bedtime: Getting the right amount of sleep

Better Bedtime: Getting the right amount of sleep

Eating a healthy diet, exercising and, now, getting the right amount of sleep could be the keys to a healthy heart, according to a new study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The findings suggest that individuals who sleep less than six hours may be at increased risk of atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries. The study recommends adults get seven to eight hours of high-quality sleep, finding that those who slept longer – along with those who slept poorly – may also increase their risk for the disease. Sleep quality is defined as the duration of time asleep and the frequency of movement while asleep. Good sleep quality is described as sleeping through the night with minimal waking.