We all know how great a good night’s rest feels. You wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready to tackle your day. Unfortunately, this rested feeling is the exception and not the norm for many who live busy lives in the modern world, and it’s hurting more than our energy levels—it’s also harming our hearts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-quarter of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia.
Although it may feel like it, sleep isn’t a passive activity, or a luxury for that matter. It’s a must for your overall health and well-being, and according to many studies, it’s essential for a healthy heart. According to the CDC and numerous studies, not getting enough sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Together, these four health conditions prove a powerful case that sleep isn’t just beneficial, it’s vital.
Read on for how a good night’s sleep can boost heart health and how you can get better sleep tonight! —Jenn