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Restless Nights: Morning Heart Attacks and Strokes

ART sacred snooze.jpgSleeping Keeps Your Heart Healthy written and illustrated by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, 50-pound big-time-loser.
Heart attacks and strokes are more likely to happen during early morning hours.
What’s your risk for early morning heart attack? For a period of twenty years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied the connection between a poor night’s sleep and heart attacks and strokes. During those two decades, 295 heart attacks occurred in the women’s group and 85 in the men’s.
Women who slept less than 5 hours a night were found to be 3 times more likely to have a heart attack than women who slept 5 to 9 hours. The women who slept MORE than 9 hours were at risk as well. Men showed less significant results.
While You Are Sleeping . . . your brain is hard at work developing new neuro-pathways that are essential to learning, creating memories and a-Ha moments (a.k.a. insights).
Sleep gives your heart and vascular system a much needed and deserved rest. Your heart rate and blood pressure gradually slow down as you enter non-REM sleep, a deeper sleep state. Followed by REM sleep, where your heart rate and blood pressure have elevated spikes of activity. Overall, during a good night’s sleep, your heart rate and blood pressure dip by about ten percent.
The All Important Dip. Without the dip, your are more likely to experience strokes, chest pain known as angina, an irregular heartbeat, develop cardiovascular disease and/or heart attacks.
The Stress Hormones. Lack of sleep stresses the body and may stimulate a stress response, resulting in the production of more adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones during waking hours. These hormones add to the likelihood that of your blood pressure not dipping during sleep, thereby increasing heart disease. In addition, cortisol has been linked to that spare tire that you’re carrying around your middle!
Having Trouble Sleeping?
• Limit your caffeine intake (coffee, tea and chocolate!).
• Limit alcohol and do not drink right before bedtime. It may make you sleepy, but alcohol interferes with REM sleep.
• Create a relaxing bedtime ritual: aromatherapy, meditate, think healthy thoughts.
• Take a hot bath, breathe deep, listen to restful music. Perhaps the sounds of nature.
• Eliminate nighttime worry. Shelve the negative thoughts for the next day! (Believe me, they will be there, waiting for you!)
• Take your siesta early in the day, not too close to nighttime.
• Add the following fruits to your food plan: papaya, banana, strawberries, sweet cherries, oranges, mangoes, pineapple.
• Sleep on your right side or on your back. It can add years to your life! Sleeping on the left side adds pressure and if you are overweight, that much more!
Tasty Tidbits:
Those who sleep less than four hours a night are 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who sleep seven to nine hours.
In 1910, most people slept 9 hours a night, as compared to today’s 7 hours a night. More than one-third of us report daytime sleepiness, so intense that it interferes with work and/or our social lives.
To avoid wrinkles, sleep on your back!
New Point of View: A good night’s rest honors the body and helps it to merrily move along during the day!
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  • Alex Baran

    Sleep is a great asset when it comes to a healthy weight loss program. Women who don`t get to sleep up to seven hours turn out to gain more weight than the others. I found out about other problems caused by not getting the necessary amount of sleep hours at: and the full result of the study.

  • flashmom

    What is it about those certain foods that you need to add them to your diet?

  • Dececoica

    I also have the website that relate to blood pressure. Anyway, visit me for sometime!!
    Thanks!! for the good articles.^_^

  • Heart attacks in women

    Women with chest pain who have low hemoglobin levels are more likely to die or suffer a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or other cardiovascular event than women with normal hemoglobin levels, women with low hemoglobin levels had a higher rate of death and cardiovascular events over a relatively intermediate length of follow up, averaging just over three years. In addition, the low sleep levels where these adverse events occurred are by standard definitions only mildly to moderately low. And a little sleep hour level was a better predictor of adverse cardiovascular events than most traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, age, or family history of heart disease.

  • Heart attacks in women

    Women can begin showing symptoms a month before the actual attack. If a woman you know is experiencing unusual fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, indigestion, weakness in the arms, anxiety, and a shortness of breath, this is serious, and she must get to a hospital immediately. Fewer than 30% of women who’ve suffered a heart attack had any chest pain prior to their heart attack. 43% of women who suffered a heart attack experienced no chest pain during the attack! 58% of the women who experienced heart attacks suffered shortness of breath just before the attack. 55% suffered weakness, and 43% suffered fatigue. 39% suffered from a cold sweat, and 39% suffered from dizziness or lightheadedness. Other women described pain between their shoulder blades, or back pain .

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