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How Much Sleep is Needed for Health

Debra Murray

  Sleep - we all know we need it, but how much is too little or too much? Is it healthy to sleep a lot? Or is it bad for your body to spend too much time in bed?   The amount of sleep you need depends upon many factors and that includes your age. According to the National Institutes of Health, most adults should get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep a night. It's a myth that people need less sleep as they age. Adults in their 60s, for instance, need just about the same amount of sleep as those in...

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What Happens to Your Body When You are Sleep Deprived

Debra Murray

It is easy to stay up way past bedtime when you have a lot on your plate, but cutting back on getting a good night's rest each night is detrimental to your health. Read on to find out more about what happens to your body when you become sleep deprived. Higher Risk for Heart Disease  When a person gets far less than eight hours of sleep at night, it has an impact on their heart and arteries, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure and heart rate that lasts well into the next day. If the sleep deprivation goes on for too...

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