Get the Right Amount of Sleep

It's fairly obvious that lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, illness, or even <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEBEC000014" title="Stress (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/stress-%28inactive%29-HEBEC000014.topic">stress</a>.  But you may not know it can also lead to <a href="http://www.newsroom.heart.org/index.php?s=43&item=693"><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEPHC0000023" title="High Blood Pressure (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/high-blood-pressure-%28inactive%29-HEPHC0000023.topic">high blood pressure</a> or <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000022" title="Diabetes" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/diabetes-HEDAI0000022.topic">diabetes</a></a>; in fact, risk increases by 37 percent for every lost hour of sleep.  According to the <a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness"><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCIG000010" title="American Red Cross" href="/topic/disasters-accidents/relief-aid-organizations/american-red-cross-ORCIG000010.topic">American Red Cross</a></a>, getting plenty of sleep can reduce the risk of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEPHC00000140" title="Heart Failure (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/heart-failure-%28inactive%29-HEPHC00000140.topic">heart failure</a>; however, over-sleeping (10 hours or more) can also be harmful.  Aim for an average of seven or eight hours each night.

( Rose Palmisano, MCT / July 24, 2009 )

It's fairly obvious that lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, illness, or even stress. But you may not know it can also lead to high blood pressure or diabetes; in fact, risk increases by 37 percent for every lost hour of sleep. According to the American Red Cross, getting plenty of sleep can reduce the risk of heart failure; however, over-sleeping (10 hours or more) can also be harmful. Aim for an average of seven or eight hours each night.

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