Get just the right amount of sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep, not too little or too much, may decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The results showed that those who slept six or fewer hours per night had a 48 percent higher risk of developing or dying from heart disease, and a 15 percent higher risk of developing or dying from stroke, than those who slept seven or eight hours per night.
According to the researchers, not sleeping enough may be responsible for higher blood pressure and cholesterol, and increases the risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
But the study showed getting too much sleep was bad for the heart as well. Those who slept nine or more hours had a 41 percent higher risk of developing and dying of heart disease than those who slept seven or eight hours.