The American Heart Association’s updated heart health checklist now includes sleep

Do you want to do everything you can to keep your heart healthy? You should get a good night’s sleep.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has added sleep to its cardiovascular health checklist, which includes eight factors that people can change to stay healthy: diet, exercise, tobacco use, weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and now, go to sleep. The AHA published a new checklist called “Life’s Essential 8” in the magazine circulation An older checklist created in 2010 was called “Life’s Simple 7.”

“Sleep health seems to be directly related to cardiovascular health, not just other things that affect heart health,” says Michael Granner, director of the university’s sleep and health research program. A professor at the Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, he helped create the new AHA checklist.

“Sleep makes a difference, and research shows that just by improving your sleep, you can improve aspects of your heart health.” Grandner says.

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