Sleep & Atherosclerosis

A new study published June 2020

“Why does poor-quality #sleep lead to #atherosclerosis?

The study showed how lack of sleep is associated with a chronic circulating inflammation throughout the blood stream; which, in turn, is linked to higher amounts of plaques in coronary arteries💫💫 

poor sleep was noted as a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which ranks as the top killer of Americans, with some 12,000 deaths each week

Tips to improve sleep quality:

  • Maintain a regular sleep routine, going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
  • As part of a nightly wind-down routine, avoid viewing computer, smartphone and TV screens in the last hour before bedtime, and keep phones and other digital devices out of the bedroom.
  • Engage in some form of physical exercise during the day.
  • Get exposure to natural daylight, especially in the first half of the day.
  • Avoid stimulants, like caffeine, and sedatives, like alcohol, later in the day.

Source:

https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000726

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