Why sleep is as important for heart health as diet and exercise: Study

Why sleep is as important for heart health as diet and exercise: Study

If you want to keep your heart healthy, add a good night's rest to your to-do list.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US according to the CDC.

Someone in the US dies from cardiovascular disease every 34 seconds.

The American Heart Association added sleep duration to its cardiovascular health checklist.

It includes quitting tobacco, eating better, getting active, managing weight and blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar and getting healthy sleep.

A survey stated that 63% of Americans were found to sleep less than 7 hours and 30% slept less than 6 hours a night.

Research suggests that those who sleep less have a higher prevalence of heart disease risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

It also found connections between short sleep and chronic diseases that could also hurt heart health.

Experts say that the optimum sleep duration for an adult is between seven and nine hours a night.