A Healthy Nap

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Here’s a great excuse to take a nap! Did you know that snoozing is good for your heart? But it’s not just cat naps that do the trick. The better night’s sleep you get, the healthier your ticker will be.

Those who get low-quality sleep, or less than seven hours per night, actually have more hardened arteries than people who consistently rest well. In fact, if you sleep five or fewer hours a day, you will have 50 percent more calcium in your arteries than the rest of us!

Research tells us that short sleepers are 48 percent more likely of developing heart disease. They’re also at risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. It turns out that our bodies – even our blood! – needs the down time just as much as the rest of us.

So do yourself a favor: Draw a warm bath, read a chapter in your book and turn off the lights a bit earlier. Your heart will thank you!