You might think there’s no big mystery here. When it comes to sleep, your own body will tell you how much you need.
If you wake up feeling crummy or fall asleep in your salad at lunchtime, then you clearly didn’t get enough. And if you’re able to pop up without an alarm, ready to take on life, then you got exactly what you needed. Right?
Well, my friend, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, the truth is a lot more complicated. But today, it just got a whole lot easier.
How you feel is important, of course. But there really is a “right” amount of sleep. And new research has revealed EXACTLY how much shuteye you need each night for the most overall heart health protection.
Don’t worry if sleep is sometimes a sore subject for you like it is me. Because I can show you how to get that perfect night of rest you… and your heart… so desperately crave.
How much sleep you REALLY need
You CAN trust your body for a lot of things.
It will tell you when you’re hungry or thirsty. It makes it perfectly clear when it’s too hot or cold. Your body will let you know when you’re feeling bad, good, or somewhere in the middle. And it will certainly make it clear when you’re in pain.
But you can’t always trust it when it comes to the subject of sleep. Because in many ways, it’s easily fooled.
You can get too little shuteye and seem OK (especially if you’ve had a cup of coffee). Or get way too much without realizing that there IS even such a thing as too much sleep. And getting it wrong can have negative effects on your health, including not getting the full heart protection good rest delivers.
But the new study helps clear the confusion up. The research reveals the EXACT right amount of sleep you need for good overall cardiovascular health. And it’s probably not as much as you think.
Researchers say the sweet spot is between 6 and 7 hours a night. Any LESS than that, and you could face a higher risk of death from heart problems… which probably isn’t too surprising.
But much MORE than that? Well, friend, you’re also facing a higher risk of heart problems. And that probably is surprising.
Avoiding too MUCH and too LITTLE shuteye
So, let me guess. You’re probably wondering two things. First, what is too MUCH and what is too LITTLE. And second, how you get into that perfect sleep zone.
Well, I’ve got you covered.
Sleeping too LITTLE:
Two of the most common causes of short sleep in seniors are meds and melatonin. Let’s start with the meds. Many common drugs, such as SSRI antidepressants, and statins, can cause insomnia. Go over your prescriptions with your doc to see if any obvious culprits can be swapped or dropped.
At the same time, as we age, we can suffer from low levels of the “sleep hormone” melatonin. The good news is this can be easily solved with supplements. For MORE tips on capturing the perfect night’s sleep, see my free report Here’s WHY you can’t sleep and HOW to fix it.
Sleeping too MUCH:
I wouldn’t worry if you’re getting closer to 8 hours shuteye than 7. There’s a ton of high-quality research that suggests 8 is a perfectly healthy amount of sleep. But most studies do show how going well beyond that can be problematic.
In fact, hitting 9 or 10 hours (or more) of sleep is associated with serious risks, including the heart problems spotted in the new study and even death. Check out my earlier report What happens when you sleep TOO much? for more details.
As with sleeping too little, meds can often knock you out. So go over your prescriptions with your doc. Sleep apnea – the nighttime breathing disorder – can also leave you so tuckered out by morning that you need more shuteye. And spending far too much time under the covers could also be a sign of an undiagnosed chronic disease. So if you haven’t had a physical lately, it’s time to make that appointment.