Better Sleep can equal Better Heart Health!

Today's #ThursdayThought: Better Sleep can equal Better Heart Health!

According to, Exercise and diet aren’t the only things that can help increase heart health. Getting a good night’s sleep can also help your heart stay healthy. In a study conducted by the American Heart Association in 2011, they concluded that poor sleep can lead to high blood pressure, a potential cause of heart disease.

So how long should you sleep? It varies from person to person, but that most people need six to eight hours per night. Too little or too much sleep can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Dr. Gina Lundberg, clinical director of Emory Women’s Heart Center, says, “People who are sleep deprived have slower metabolism and more difficulty losing weight. They also have the effect of not wanting to exercise or participate in other healthy habits.”

The positive effects of a good sleep routine are evident when we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. A good sleep routine can also have a good impact on your stress hormones, immune system, breathing, metabolism and mental health.

Tips To Get into a Better Sleep Routine

· Exercise: Try getting adequate exercise. The American Heart Association suggests three to four 40 minute moderate aerobic activity in a week.

· Avoid caffeine: Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine, particularly before bed as they may keep you awake.

· Start an evening routine: Turn off electronic devices, take a hot shower or bath, prepare for the next day, and take time to read, reflect, pray or meditate.