"Sleep deprived people have a higher blood levels of stress hormones and substances that indicate inflammation, a key player in cardiovascular disease,
A relatively new study adds credence to that thinking. Researcher revealed the results of a study conducted on mice, in which mice who experienced poor sleep had altered levels of a hormone that increases inflammatory cells in the bone marrow and can lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a major risk factor for a heart attack.
Another sleep issue that has been associated with heart conditions: Sleep apnea. Snoring is a symptom of that obstructive breathing condition, in which you might stop breathing for up to a minute, before the brain wakes you up to start breathing again.
Not only can that cause you to wake up tired, it prevents your body from fully benefiting from the heart- protective function of sleep. "Over time, this can lead to higher blood pressure during the day and a greater chance of cardiovascular problems."
The optimal amount of sleep is 7-9 hours a night. Make sure you get the deep sleep you need and try to keep your body in an Alkaline state with the proper ph. This will lessen your inflammation and keep your immune system running at its best.
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