12 Tips for Better Heart Health
Diet, sleep, fitness, and more -- how to strengthen and protect your heart right now
12. Sleep to your heart’s content.
People who sleep fewer than seven hours a night have higher blood pressure
and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making the arteries more
vulnerable to plaque buildup, says Goldberg. In fact, the latest research shows
that people who do not get enough sleep are more than twice as likely as others
to die of heart disease. Try to avoid caffeine after noon, and develop a
stress-free wind-down ritual before bed. Hint? Take a bath, and don’t pay your
bills right before bed.