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Here’s What Losing Sleep Does to Your Heart

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  • Significant heart strain, a precursor to heart problems, was noted following sleep deprivation in emergency medical workers
  • Other concerning changes, including an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and thyroid hormones, which is indicative of a stress response, were also noted following lack of sleep
  • People who sleep less than seven hours a night have an increased risk of heart disease, and this is true regardless of other factors that influence heart health, like age, weight, smoking and exercise habits

By Dr. Mercola

Losing sleep is detrimental to your health, and research continues to pinpoint exactly why your body suffers when deprived of enough quality sleep. Many are at risk, including those who struggle with insomnia as well as people who work long, erratic hours or night shifts.


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