Sleep is linked to your heart's health. Sleeping disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea, can lead to risk factors for heart disease. People with sleep apnea are more likely to die from a heart attack while sleeping than a person without the condition. People who unintentionally nod off during the day are more at risk of stroke. People who sleep less than five hours a night are more likely to develop hypertension than people who get a regular eight hours. Lack of sleep increases the risk of high blood pressure, hypertension, obseity and diabetes - all conditions associated with heart disease.
For the past several years, cardiologists have been beating the drum for lower blood pressure. We have all seen the studies and/or articles that have challenged the notion that the old cut-off of 140/90mmHg is too high for diagnosing high blood pressure. The medical community even went so far as to coin the new term "pre-hypertension"…