There’s not a lot you can accomplish in 10 minutes. Heck, this time of year, it takes at least that long just to get my car warmed up on some mornings.
But there’s one way to make use of 10 minutes that can make a major difference in your life. In fact, this sleep-linked secret could help protect you from one of today’s leading killers.
I promise it’s not hard. And it won’t cost you an extra penny. But the peace of mind and protection it could offer you is priceless.
When you see just how much it can help, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible. And that’s the best part.
Because there’s so little involved in this heart-supporting sleep trick, you can literally put this life-saving plan to work as soon as tonight.
Chronic sleep loss sends heart risk soaring
You can feel what sleep loss does to you during the day with the lack of concentration, low energy, and memory drain. But you can’t feel what it does to your DNA.
And in the end, that’s so much worse. Because chronic sleep loss leads to rapid aging on a cellular level. And that sets the stage for chronic disease and early death.
Sleep problems boil down to four fundamental issues:
- trouble falling asleep
- difficulty staying asleep
- waking up too early
- poor daytime function from sleep loss
Individually, each of those common sleep problems can raise your risk of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease by between nine and 13 percent.
But combinations of more than one… or worse, all of them at once… could send your risks for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke soaring even higher.
10-minute habit resets your rest schedule
But research has revealed a simple habit could help you get back on track. In fact, you might laugh in disbelief when you learn what it is.
It’s something many of us used to do before bed years ago. But it’s fallen out of favor in the age of late-night TV, Netflix, and smartphones.
And that, of course, is spending a few minutes immersed in a good book before light’s out.
There’s nothing more basic than reading in bed. But, since we started bringing screens into the bedroom, reading before we hit the hay isn’t as popular as it once was.
And a recent survey found we are paying the price. Because folks who still do read in bed are sleeping significantly better than those who gave up the habit or never adopted it in the first place.
We aren’t talking about a little improvement here, either. Incredibly, the readers are getting up to 90 extra minutes of quality sleep a week.
The average reader spent 43 minutes lost in a book or magazine before bed several times a week. But the survey didn’t find that the benefit is tied to any specific amount of time reading.
All that matters is that you do it… even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
Just be sure to read the old-fashioned way, with words on a paper page or a non-backlit device designed for reading.
The blue light from LED screens on electronic devices tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime. And that can make going to sleep even MORE difficult.
Wondering about how much sleep is the right amount to protect your heart? Check out my earlier report that focused on answering that common question, SOLVED: Sleeping THIS long protects your heart.