7 Surprising Reasons to Get 7 (or More) Hours of Sleep

Hit the sack to lose weight, boost your sex drive, get fewer colds and more
Enough sleep helps prevent heart disease Photo: Maridar/Shutterstock
Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
More sleep means better weight control
More sleep is good for your sex life
More sleep, less risk of type 2 diabetes
More sleep=better judgment, fewer car accidents
Enough sleep helps prevent heart disease
Sleep boosts your immune system's disease fighters
Enough sleep lessens your sensitivity to pain
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A healthier ticker

You’re trying to eat well and exercise, but what about sleeping your way to a healthier heart? Recent studies have found that getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night was linked to high blood pressure, a major cause of heart disease. High blood pressure is also common among people with sleep apnea, a condition that causes heavy snoring and gasping for breath during sleep. Getting treated for sleep apnea can restore sleep, help control blood pressure and give the heart a much-need break.

Lack of sleep is also thought to increase inflammation in the body, another major contributor to heart disease and heart attacks.