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Aug 7, 2013

More Bad news for individuals with sleep problems. Recent research suggest that insomniacs are at a higher risk of heart failure than people who sleep peacefully. The study, which appeared in the European Heart Journal (2013), followed 54,279 men and women aged 20-89 for about 11 years. The goal was to draw parallels-if any-between self-reported insomnia and heart failure. Baseline data included insomnia symptoms (difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep; non-restorative sleep) and health status, including established cardiovasculuar risk factors. Throughout the intervention 1,412 heart failure cases were reported among the group. From the data, researchers noted a dose-dependent association between insomnia symptoms and hear failure--in other words, heart failure risk increased when more insomnia symptoms were present.

EXERCISE IMPROVES SLEEP!!!!!!!! Good news, results of a recent poll might offer a solution for those suffering from poor sleep quality. The findings present yet another benefit of exercising regularly. Produced from the National Sleep Foundation, the 2013 Sleep in America poll gathered responses from a sampling of adults, age 23-60, who were asked about exercise levels and sleep quality. Here is a rundown of what the poll found:

-More than 75% of exercisers reported good or fairly good sleep in the weeks leading up to the poll, compared with 56% of non-exercisers.

-The majority of vigorous exercisers-defined as those participating in activities like cycling, running, swimming or competition-rarely experienced insomnia symptoms. Half of the non-exercisers said they woke during the night, and 24% had difficulty falling asleep every night or almost every night.

-Non-exercisers tended to feel the most "sleepy" on a regular basis and to have more symptoms of sleep apnea.

-Those who sat for less than 8 hours per day were more likely to report "very good" sleep quality than those sitting longer periods of time.

"Exercise is benefitial to sleep," explains Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP, poll task force member. "It's time to revise global recommendations for improving sleep and put exercise-at any time-at the top of our list for healthy sleep habits."

-Idea Fitness Journal

We all know that we need sleep but here is some solid proof. If you want to check out the actual study this article was pulling their stats from here is the



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