Your Sleep Habits Can Damage THIS Organ [ALERT]
I’m a sleep evangelist. Because getting quality sleep is CRITICAL for good health.
You simply can’t have one without the other.
In fact, regularly missing out on a good night’s sleep raises your risks for heart issues, mood disorders, weight gain, blood sugar irregularities, and brain problems.
Bur new research raises a red flag about a specific condition that an irregular sleep pattern sends your risk for SOARING.
It’s always been believed that your brain takes the brunt of the damage from poor sleep.
First, there are short-term problems, including difficulty concentrating, feeling depressed, and battling anxiety. Then there are the long-term issues like dementia.
But now a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds irregular sleep patterns are particularly harmful to ANOTHER organ altogether.
Researchers found that significant sleep variations is a serious threat to your HEART.
Study participants who spent MORE time in the sack on some nights and significantly LESS on others were likelier to develop atherosclerosis or clogged arteries.
The critical number was a two-hour difference.
For example, if you clock in at eight hours of shuteye one night and then sleep six or ten the next… and make bouncing around like that a consistent habit… THAT’S when you have a problem.
People with irregular sleep had a shocking 40 percent increase in atherosclerosis.
The new study makes it clear once again how vital it is to prioritize sleep and get a good night’s rest night after night.
But I get it. That can be much easier said than done.
So if you find your sleep patterns are erratic, I’ve got a few tips to help you improve them:
- Set a sleep schedule and do your best to stick to it. Go to bed at the same time every night and set the alarm to get up at the same time. Kick electronic devices out of the bedroom. And keep the room completely dark using light-blocking curtains if needed.
- Exercise is one of the best paths to a good night’s sleep. When your body is physically tired, your mind has no choice but to give in. Find an exercise you love and increase how much you do when you feel stressed.
- Avoid caffeine in the afternoon; this means coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks.
- Sleeping alone is a legitimate option for people who are woken up by their partner. The National Sleep Foundation found that nearly 25 percent of couples sleep in separate beds.
- Calming herbs such as hops, passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile, and valerian help relax the body and mind.
- Theanine, an amino acid in green tea, can help you settle down after a stressful day.
- Melatonin is a hormone that promotes good sleep.
Protect your heart and health by committing to good and CONSISTENT sleep starting TODAY.
P.S. How much sleep DO you need a night? Thanks to some recent research, we have an answer to that question. CLICK HERE for the scoop.
“Sleep Irregularity and Subclinical Markers of Cardiovascular Disease: The Multi‐Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis,” Journal of the American Heart Association. 2023;12:e027361, https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.122.027361
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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