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Researchers are constantly learning about the advantages of good sleep patterns. A recent study reveals that your sleep habits contribute mightily to your heart health. It is recommended that adults sleep at least seven hours each night, but many people have trouble doing so due to conditions such as sleep apnea and insomnia. Those conditions, and inconsistent sleep can have dire consequences.

Sleep apnea happens when your airway gets blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing you to stop breathing for short amounts of time. Sleep apnea can be caused by certain health problems, such as obesity and heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC also says that insomnia, an inability to sleep, is common. As many as one in two adults experiences short-term insomnia at some point, and one in 10 may have long-lasting insomnia.Insomnia is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, poor sleep can also lead to unhealthy habits that can hurt your heart, including higher stress levels, less motivation to be physically active, and unhealthy food choices.

Other studies have shown that getting the right amount of sleep can help control high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Since one out of three Americans die from heart disease, the revelations from the new Harvard Medical School study are critical for our well-being. The study indicates that the healthiest approach to sleep has to do with going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. Couple this with common recommendations such as getting enough physical activity during the day and not exercising within a few hours of bedtime. It is also recommended that you do not eat or drink within a few hours of bedtime and avoid alcohol and foods high in fat or sugar.

Strength training, including resistance training (such as that offered at Strength Science Studios) has also been shown to increase the quality of sleep, aid in bone density, improve metabolism, alleviate depression and enhance the overall quality of life.

 At Strength Science Studios professional trainers work with clients one-on-one every week. The program requires only once-a-week attendance for a 30-minute session. The facility and the program focus heavily on men and women age 50 and older, although everyone is welcome.

Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7 and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a free consultation, please call (225)  256-3000.

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