It is fairly well known that getting too little sleep can have negative effects on your health. It can leave you feeling fatigued and groggy during the day, as well as possibly worsen the symptoms of a variety of health conditions.
But new research shows that too much sleep can also be harmful, especially for your heart. Researchers at the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital and the Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea found that the effects of bad sleeping habits start even at a young age.
The comprehensive study examined the sleep habits of more than 47,000 middle-aged adults, then used the data to measure their subjects cardiovascular health. What exactly were the researchers looking for? Calcium buildup and arterial stiffness are two major red flags for risk of serious heart disease.
The study found that subjects who slept less than five hours a night had a 50% greater buildup of calcium in their heart compared to people who sleep seven hours a night. But that doesn’t mean you should try and get as much sleep as possible either. Adults who sleep nine hours or more might be even more at risk. Subjects that slept at least nine hours regularly had 70% more calcium.
The research suggests that there’s an ideal amount of sleep for optimal health. Stressed and over-worked people who don’t get enough shuteye could be hurting their hearts, but that goes double for people that sleep too much, such as those suffering from depression.
So how do you get the perfect amount of sleep for your body? Some people are choosing to invest in their sleeping habits, literally, by purchasing adjustable beds custom suited to their needs. There are many types of adjustable beds available today, which allow sleepers to receive more support for their body while resting.
When you sleep, you may toss and turn trying to find a comfortable position. Adjustable beds can help keep you comfortable all night long. For instance, adjustable bed mattresses with an incline at the foot or head of your bed can help prevent you from curling up your legs at night, which may cause pain in the mornings.
Best of all, some adjustable bed systems may even help cut down on your partner’s snoring.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage also may provide temporary relief from: • Low Back Pain • Minor Aches and Pains Due to Muscular Fatigue or Overexertion • Edema or Swelling of the Legs • Poor Local Blood Circulation of the Legs • Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia • Nighttime Heartburn • Symptoms of Gastric Reflux • The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from Mild Arthritis and Joint Pain, as well as Muscle Pain Associated with Stress and Tension • Sleeping in an upright position may Reduce or Ease Light and Occasional Snoring