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Get a good night's sleep to protect against heart failure!

by , 07 March 2013

The effects of a good night's sleep are wonderful. You wake up feeling refreshed and your cells have time to repair themselves. Conversely, if you don't get enough sleep, your body suffers. Now research shows it's not just crankiness and tiredness you have to worry about - insomnia's been linked to future heart failure. Here's how to get a good night's sleep, stat!

Yawning all morning? 
 
Need a coffee to get over that mid-afternoon slump? 
 
Chances are you’re not getting enough sleep.
 
Now, a large Norwegian study has shown the health consequences of insomnia can be disastrous to your health.
 
“If people regularly restrict their sleep [or struggle to fall asleep], it is possible that the disruption that we see could have an impact over time that ultimately determines their health outcomes as they age in later life,” said Health24.
 
Here’s how your health will suffer if you don’t get enough sleep
 
FSP Health warns that a lack of sleep increases your blood-sugar levels, which could lead to obesity and diabetes.
 
But worse than this, insomnia symptoms in middle age are strongly linked to the later development of heart failure – even if you don’t have a heart problem, reports WebMD.
 
It could be as simple as waking up too early and then having problems settling back to sleep, adds BBC News Health.
 
But how do you reset your internal alarm if you’re just not getting enough sleep?
 
"Luckily many of the things that reduce the chance of heart failure also reduce insomnia; good diet, exercise, weight loss and not smoking,” says BBC News Health.
 
WebMD adds that you should also avoid alcohol before bedtime as it causes disturbances in sleep, resulting in less restful sleep
 
A natural remedy for insomnia to keep your heart healthy…
 
Health Bytes says that if you still suffer from ‘sleep maintenance insomnia’ after making these changes to your lifestyle and cutting down on stress, you could find relief from an herbal remedy called chaste tree or monk’s pepper.
 
You can get chaste tree berries or chaste tree berry powder in South Africa, says Health24.
 
Try these tips today and you’ll soon be sleeping better – and protecting your heart in doing so.
 

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