How lack of sleep harms your heart?

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Lack of sleep harms the heart, by increasing the risk of high blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, according to the German Heart Foundation.

The foundation explained that sleep deprivation leads to inflammatory processes in the body, forming aggressive oxygen molecules called “free radicals” that attack cells and tissues causing atherosclerosis, one of the main causes of many cardiovascular diseases.

In addition, lack of sleep could cause fatigue, exhaustion, poor concentration, nervousness, and irritability.

Getting enough sleep (at least 6 hours a night), can help avoid these problems, and to get a good night’s sleep, one should only eat protein-rich snacks in the evening and avoid drinking coffee at least 4 hours before going to bed.

It is critically important to go to bed at around the same time every night while keeping the bedroom cool, quiet, and dark (ideally 18 degrees).

Having a regular sleep routine such as breathing exercises, listening to calming music or meditation could also help you relax and sleep better.

In addition, you should avoid using electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, or tablets late at night.

According to Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, USA, lack of sleep or sleep deprivation, means that a person is not getting enough sleep, as most adults require 7 to 8 hours each night, for optimal health.

Experts believe that the lack of sleep cannot be compensated later, as it causes direct and continuous harm, no matter how much a person tries to remedy the problem later.

Dr. Hans Günterweis, head of the German Institute of Sleep Medicine, explained that one night with an inadequate amount of sleep is enough to cause neurological and psychological disorders, especially if you have to work the next day.

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