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This Sleep Mistake Doubles Your Stroke Risk!

It’s one of the key dangers of having high blood pressure… the increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

That’s why you get regular checkups, take natural supplements like magnesium and CoQ10, and cut back on salt, sugar, and deli meats.

But you could be doing all of those things and STILL be at risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke… especially if you’re making a certain sleep mistake.

Here’s what you need to know.

One night of lost sleep here and there isn’t that big of a deal.

But if you’re getting less than six-hour of sleep night after night, your health is going to take a hit.

Lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of diabetes, weight gain, hormone issues, and so much more.

And now, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds that not getting enough sleep is especially dangerous for people who already have a chronic health condition.

Researchers analyzed data on over 1,600 people, and they found that in people who either had high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes, getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night DOUBLED their risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.

With 40% of Americans having at least one chronic illness… and about one third of people not getting enough sleep… this represents a significant risk to a significant portion of the population.

It also represents a simple way to reduce your risk of kicking the bucket too soon.

But whether your have a chronic condition or not, getting enough sleep is absolutely critical for both your mental and physical health.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are a few things you can try:

  1. Keep a consistent bedtime and wake time.
  2. Use your electronic devices (TV and cell phone, etc) less at night. Not only do they stimulate your brain, they emit blue light that can stop your body from producing melatonin and disrupt your circadian rhythm.
  3. Start a relaxing routine an hour or more before you go to bed. Take a bath, do some meditating, or read a book.
  4. Sleep in a cool (60-67 degree), dark room.