Fewer hours of sleep tied to risk of heart disease

12/24/2008 | Reuters

Missing sleep can raise a person's risk of developing calcium deposits in the arteries, which leads to heart disease. U.S. researchers say 27% of study participants who slept fewer than five hours a night developed artery calcification. The rate dropped to 11% for those who got between five and seven hours of sleep, and to 6% for people who got more than seven hours of shut-eye each night.

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