New Study: Less than 6 hours of sleep increases risk for heart disease

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- If you’re not getting at least six hours of sleep a night, you’re more likely to see plaque building up in your arteries. Also, plaque puts you at risk not just for heart problems, Alzheimer’s, dementia and more.

In a new study, Tufts university looked at nearly 4,000 Spanish men and women.

Researchers found those who slept fewer than six hours were 27% more likely to have that plaque build up. It’s even worse if you wake up frequently during the night.

The study, published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, points to sleep as “a weapon” to fight heart disease.

Dr. James Kim, a cardiologist with Sharp Chula Vista medical center is here to tell us more about the latest findings and what we can take away from it all.

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