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HEALTH TIPS! Too much or too less sleep can increase heart disease risk

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Men who sleep less than six hours a night may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those who sleep between seven and eight hours, a new study suggests.

The study showed that poor quality sleep of less than six hours increases the risk of atherosclerosis by 27 per cent compared to seven to eight hours of sleep.
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Atherosclerosis refers to the build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls throughout the body.

On the other hand, women who slept more than eight hours a night had an increased risk of atherosclerosis.

“Cardiovascular disease is a major global problem and we are preventing and treating it using several approaches, including pharmaceuticals, physical activity and diet,” said Jose M. Ordovas, researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid.

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“But the study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease — a factor we are compromising every day,” he added.

For the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the team included 3,974 bank employees among which all were without known heart disease and two-thirds were men.
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In addition, alcohol and caffeine consumption were found to cause short and disrupted sleep.

“Many people think alcohol is a good inducer of sleep, but there’s a rebound effect. If you drink alcohol, you may wake up after a short period of sleep and have a hard time getting back to sleep. And if you do get back to sleep, it’s often a poor-quality sleep,” Ordovas said.

Lack of sleep has been known to raise the risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing heart disease risk factors such as glucose levels, blood pressure, inflammation and obesity.

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Virat Kohli wishes Ravi Shastri: ‘Only few are brave’.

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India captain Virat Kohli took to social media on Thursday to extend birthday wishes to head coach Ravi Shastri.

Wishes have been pouring in for Ravi Shastri who turned 58 on Wednesday. Shastri, unlike the last few years, has been spending his special day at his home in Alibaug away from competitive cricket which remains suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many seem confident but only few are brave. Happy birthday Ravi bhai. God Bless #throwback,” Virat Kohli wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to post a photo tribute to wish Ravi Shastri. “Here’s wishing #Team India Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc a very happy birthday,” BCCI wrote.
While Shastri is helping the Virat Kohli-led Indian side achieve new milestones in international cricket, he has also done incredibly well for the Indian team as a player, both with the bat and the ball. Shastri represented the India national cricket team as a player between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs.

Although he started his career as a left arm spin bowler, only to transform into a batting all-rounder. In a career spanning over 12 years, Shastri scored 3,830 runs in Test matches and claimed 151 wickets.

His major achievement as a player came when he helped Team India clinch Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Shastri finished with fifties in the last three matches of the tournament and forged a deadly partnership with Sivaramakrishnan. Both claimed 18 wickets between them in five matches.

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