When you don't get enough sleep, not only do you feel cranky, foggy, and can have a major headache, but a new British study says that people who don't get enough sleep on a regular basis are twice as likely to die of heart disease.
A 17-year analysis of 10,000 government workers showed that those who cut their 7 hour nightly snooze to 5 hours or less, had doubled their risk of death caused by heart problems. The reasons behind this observation aren't clear, but researchers found that people who didn't get enough zzzzs also had high blood pressure, a risk factor associated with strokes and heart attacks.
Since many people feel pressured to work longer hours, they're cutting back on their sleep to fit it all in. People may be getting ahead in their job and making more money, but it won't really matter if their heart problems prevent them from enjoying their success.
So here's the deal. Make sure to get at least 7 hours of undisturbed sleep a night. Do it for your sanity and for your heart.