Get the Right Amount of Sleep

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 <a href="http://www.newsroom.heart.org/index.php?s=43&item=693">high blood pressure 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/american-red-cross-ORCIG000010.topic">American Red Cross</a></a>, 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.

( 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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