When it comes to sleep, more can be deadly

There’s nothing to ruin your day like a night of tossing and turning – or, worse yet, just staring up at the ceiling without getting a wink.

In the short-term, it can leave you dazed, forgetful, and susceptible to a whole host of nasty infections. And in the long run, it can also lead to more serious health issues like stroke and diabetes.

That’s why people go to such extreme measures to get more sleep…any sleep…as much sleep as they can! But whether it’s OTC sleep aids or prescription sleeping pills, if they’re zonking you out, you might be getting too much of a good thing.

Because a new study published in the International Journal of Cardiology shows that if you sleep too much, your risks of certain heart diseases could skyrocket…and even become deadly.

According to the latest findings, both less than four AND more than eight hours of sleep can lead to angina (that chest pain you get when there’s usually an underlying heart problem) and deadly heart disease.

In fact, out of almost 400,000 Taiwanese adults studied, those who reported more than eight hours of sleep a night on average over the course of 13 years had a 53 percent higher risk of coronary artery disease than the patients who slept an average of six to eight hours a night.

That’s even more than folks who got too little sleep! Those who averaged less than four hours of shuteye had a 50 percent higher risk of death from heart disease than those who got anywhere between four and eight hours of sleep, which this study suggests is the “sweet spot” in terms of nightly sleep.

And ladies, since you’re more prone to sleep disorders, you’re at the top of the high-risk list, along with people over 65.

I know it sounds like you can’t win either way – that you’re darned if you sleep and darned if you don’t. But I like to tell my patients that preventing sleep deprivation is kind of like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – you’ve got to get it “just right.”

And that means that if you do have trouble sleeping, you need to be careful that your methods for getting sufficient shuteye don’t keep you conked out for too long.

If you have trouble catching ZZZs, don’t reach for the prescription pill bottle and all the side effects that come with it.

Try natural remedies like L-theanine, 5-HTP, and melatonin are available individually as supplements and also together in supplement blends – and they’ve worked wonders for my patients.

Or even a cup of chamomile tea can relax you just enough that you can drift off to a peaceful sleep without knocking you out.