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Sleeping your way to avoiding a heart attack. Seriously. 

Ever since acquiring my ‘To Dad From Dad’ Garmin Watch for Christmas, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to my sleep. The wearable measures how long I sleep and provides a score based on the length and level of Deep, REM and Light sleep – and Stress.

SO I was intrigued to see the American Heart Association has added sleep to its heart and brain health checklist – the 8th factor needing monitoring. Others to watch are ‘nicotine exposure’ (vaping added to ciggies), physical activity, diet, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

So how much sleep is going to prevent you becoming a statistic – especially now that we all know how heart disease kills more of us than anything else? The Association says the ideal level of sleep for adults is seven to nine hours. Garmin gives me a thumbs up after seven hours.

More important than the length of sleep in my watch’s measure, though, is the type. A good chunk of Deep and REM sleep with a low Stress count scores in the upper 20 percentile. Sleeping for eight hours doesn’t always make the grade. No surprise, perhaps, that in sleep, just like life, quality also trumps quantity.


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