Lack of Sleep can prove a KILLER.

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“Late to bed and early to rise” could well be the New Age receipe for heart disease.

It is no longer only what you eat and drink that determines your ill-health, sleep deprivation is fast emerging as a key reason for heart ailments. Recent research from London, which shows that a person who sleeps less than six hours a night has a 48% higher risk of developing or dying from heart disease, could hold true for Mumbaikars too, say doctors.

Cardiologist Brian Pinto recalled the death of a friends’s 43 year old son who collapsed while gogging off at 5.45 am. “Youngsters are cutting down on their sleep to accomodate more work hours and exercise as they feel they are overweight. But without at least seven hours of sleep a night, this can be a receipe for diaster” said Pinto.

A B Mehta, a cardiologist said “More than 60% of patients who land up in a hospital’s emergency room with a heart attack are first-timers who have never suspected they had heart disease. In many cases, strenuous exercising and sleeplessness would be common features before the episode.

Doctors believe that the link between sleep deprivation and heart disease is ignored by all. In fact, research says poor sleep could lead to strokes. The University of Warwick studied 4.7 lakh people in eight countries, including the US and the UK and Japan, to establish this equation. “If  you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep, you stand a 48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15% greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke,”  the university team said. It added, “Late to bed and early to rise is a ticking time bomb for health.”

Having 7-8 hours of sleep is very vital for the body health and state of mind and this way to keep ourselves healthy…. 

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