It’s the question of the day.
Or in this case, of the night.
You know you NEED sleep. And if you’re like most Americans, you probably know you need more of it than you’re currently getting.
Our poor sleep habits are harming our health… making us fat, sending our blood sugar soaring, and even messing with our memory.
But how much more sleep you really need has remained a bit of a mystery.
Now I’ve always told you that there’s no one-size-fits-all sleep formula that works for EVERYONE in EVERY case. And that’s still true.
But new breakthrough research has come closer than ever to nailing it down.
Researchers have finally unraveled the mystery and uncovered how much sleep you need right down to the hour for one of the most critical reasons possible.
It can help PROTECT your heart and PREVENT a stroke!
Cutting corners on shuteye harms your heart
This new study looks deep inside the body on the microscopic level. And it reveals what happens when you get the rest you need.
More importantly, it exposes the ugly changes that take place deep down in your cells when you miss out on getting enough shuteye.
The trouble all starts with something called MicroRNAs.
It gets a bit complicated, but you can think of MicroRNAs kind of like tiny little instruction manuals. Your cells use them to increase or decrease how much protein or RNA specific genes produce.
In this case, it’s specifically the endothelial cells that line your blood vessel walls that we’re concerned with. These cells help ensure that blood flows through the way it should.
Plus, these same MicroRNAs act like little cellular brakes, helping to fend off the damaging inflammatory proteins that inhibit smooth blood flow.
In the new study of middle-aged and older guys, less sleep lead to lower levels of several critical MicroRNAs.
Incredibly, in some cases, they fell short by up to 60 percent!
The magic number for a perfect night’s sleep
So… I promised you a number.
And that number is… drum roll, please…. SEVEN.
The guys in the study who got seven to eight hours of solid slumber had healthy MicroRNA levels.
And that means they had stronger, healthier endothelial cells, ensuring better blood flow and maximum protection against heart attack and stroke.
On the other hand, guys who got 6.8 hours or less, had lower MicroRNA levels and showed signs of that potentially deadly vascular inflammation.
And at five hours… well… forget about it. Those guys were on the fast track to MAJOR heart problems.
If you’re falling short on shuteye yourself – and most folks are – it’s time to commit to better sleep habits.
But I get it. It’s not always about habits. You could have the best sleep habits in the world and still toss and turn once you hit the sheets. I know I do.
It’s normal – and common – especially as you get older, for your body’s levels of the “sleep hormone” melatonin drop, especially at night.
But don’t worry. You can raise your melatonin levels again easily enough with a supplement. For best results, look for a spray form, which gets absorbed instantly, so you fall asleep in a flash.
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