Do you sleep with the lights on? Or do you require total darkness for your evening slumber?
A new research study suggests not getting enough sleep is a major reason we are ruining our hearts:
Healthy middle-aged people who get enough sleep each night are less likely to accumulate calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, a sign of heart disease, than their more sleep-deprived peers.
In fact, an extra hour of sleep each night was associated with a 33% lower chance of coronary artery calcification, a reduction in heart risk that’s on par with having about a 16-point drop in systolic blood pressure, according to a study published in Wednesday’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“There really is mounting evidence that there likely are subtle health consequences of really short nighttime sleep,” says Diane S. Lauderdale, PhD, of the University of Chicago, one of the authors of the study.
What I find missing in that sleep research study is the effect of dreaming on our hearts.
Do our dreams heal us; or must our bodies heal first before the dreaming begins?