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Health Tip: Poor Sleep Can Hurt Your Heart...

... By increasing stress, among other factors

(HealthDay News) -- When you're not sleeping well, your whole body can suffer -- including your heart.

The Women's Heart Foundation explains how sleep disturbances may affect heart health:

  • Increased stress.
  • Increased hunger, resulting weight gain.
  • Increased risk of stroke, as a possible result of sleep apnea.
  • Increased risk of heart disease, as a possible result of sleep apnea.
  • High blood pressure, faster heart rate and irregular heartbeat.

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