A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy heart

Fast asleepThe value of sleep should not be underestimated. Sleep is as important as diet and exercise in a healthy lifestyle. The European Society of Cardiology has found that short sleep duration is associated with harmful results such as higher incidences of obesity, blood pressure, hypertension, cholesterol, haemoglobin A, and triglycerides, all of which are directly associated with a higher cardiovascular risk.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that an adult should sleep an average of seven to nine hours for optimal health, so a few bedroom tips will help to give you proper rest.

An easy solution to prevent unwelcomed sleep interruptions is to soundproof your bedroom and turn it into a sanctuary. Sound dampening is becoming a requirement for modern families, so if you have the opportunity to re-insulate your home, sound-proofing insulation is an excellent choice to escape the everyday hustle and bustle. Stone wool insulation, for example, is a top choice for professional recording studios. This material is an excellent acoustic barrier that actually absorbs the sound. For homeowners, retailers point to a performance tested product called, Roxul Safe ‘n’ Sound mineral wool insulation. It provides higher sound absorption against low frequency (bass) ranges that other types of insulation struggle to block.

A sleep-conducive environment is dark. Consider blocking out outside lights and the early morning sunshine with black-out curtains. A dark environment will ensure your body continues to rest for the necessary amount of time instead of waking up as the sun rises.

A cool environment and good bedding will make your environment more comfortable and favourable for catching those much needed Zzzs. Set your thermostat a few degrees lower and invest in some good bedding.

Comfort is essential to a good night sleep so consider investing in a new mattress if yours has exceeded its life expectancy. Experts suggest that a good rule of thumb is to replace your mattress every seven years.

Maintain a regular sleeping schedule including daily bed and wake times even on weekends. We have a regulated sleep-wake cycle and our brain and body need this balance.

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