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Too little sleep may be hard on your heart

August 1, 2022

Routinely sleeping less than six hours a night may worsen blood pressure, blood sugar, and other heart related risks.

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Heart-friendly routines such as exercising and eating your vegetables take a bit of effort. But one healthy habit is fairly simple by comparison: get at least seven hours of sleep every night.

However, just over a third of Americans don’t meet that goal, according to the CDC. And while some people struggle to fall asleep, many simply stay up too late — often binge-watching shows or surfing the Internet — and end up chronically sleep-deprived.

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