Getting A Good Night's Sleep

If you're not getting enough sleep at night, you may be more at risk for heart disease.

Recent studies published by the American Academy of sleep medicine have focused on obstructive sleep apnea, which is a disorder that causes the body to stop breathing during sleep.

Researchers say the disorder has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke and congestive heart failure. However, getting treatment for obstructive sleep disorder could help ease those risks.

From the release: "The American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers the following tips on how to get a good night's sleep:

1. Follow a consistent bedtime routine.

2. Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime.

3. Get a full night's sleep every night.

4. Avoid foods or drinks that contain caffeine, as well as any medicine that
has a stimulant, prior to bedtime.

5. Do not go to bed hungry, but don't eat a big meal before bedtime either.

6. Avoid any rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime.

7. Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool.

8. Get up at the same time every morning."

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