2008-12-23 Good night’s sleep may help keep arteries clear


(Reuters Health) – Getting a good night’s sleep is good for the heart, according to results of a study released today.

In the study, researchers found that relatively healthy middle-aged people who slept on average an hour longer per night than other participants had a lower incidence of coronary artery calcification — the accumulation of calcified plaques in the coronary arteries, which is thought to be a predictor of future heart disease.

Risk factors for coronary artery calcification include established heart disease risk factors such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and being overweight. Recent data suggest that sleep quantity and quality are connected to several of these risk factors.(Read entire article)

2008-12-23 Proper Sleep May Help Clear Arteries - Getting an extra hour's slumber was equal to a nearly 17-point drop in blood pressure, study found


A good night's sleep may be just what your arteries need.

So finds a new five-year study in which middle-aged people who had an extra hour of sleep each night were less likely to have artery-stiffening calcium deposits.

But the study results shouldn't send people off to bed prematurely or have them popping sleeping pills, cautioned Diane Lauderdale, associate professor of health studies at the University of Chicago Medical Center, who led the study. (Read entire article)