Poor sleep can do more than just make us feel groggy in the morning. A new study suggests it can significantly increase our risk of heart attack and stroke, prompting researchers to call for it to be considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in prevention guidelines for the condition.
“Sleep disorders are very closely related to the presence of cardiovascular diseases,” notes Prof. Gafarov. “However, until now there has not been a population-based cohort study examining the impact of sleep disorders on the development of a heart attack or stroke.”
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 18-64 should get around 7-9 hours sleep each night, while those aged 65 and older should aim for 7-8 hours sleep each night.
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