Sound sleep habits and healthy lifestyle reduces risk of fatal heart attack.
Most people understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed and alert the next morning. Experts repeatedly recommend sleeping seven to nine hours each night in a quiet, totally dark environment to stimulate the production of melatonin to enhance the quality of sleep and allow the body to perform routine metabolic repair functions necessary to help prevent disease and promote vibrant health. It may come as a surprise to some that either too much or too little sleep can contribute significantly to the development of cardiovascular disease and death from a heart attack. Researchers from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, publishing the result of a study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology have found that a good night’s sleep can increase the health benefits of exercise, proper diet, moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking. Scientists determined that these lifestyle habits synergistically help to protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD).