Healthy Sleep for a Healthy Heart


Healthy habits like getting enough sleep can do wonders for your well-being and can help prevent future illness.

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DR. RODGERS: Healthy habits like getting enough sleep can do wonders for your well-being and can help prevent future illness.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, explains.

DR. GIBBONS: Research shows getting enough, high-quality sleep is essential to our health. Sound and sufficient sleep supports immune function, the heart health, and even our brains, as researchers study connections to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. They are also investigating sleep-related health disparities. For example, Black adults are disproportionately affected by both Alzheimer’s disease and sleep problems, like sleep apnea.

DR. RODGERS: Most adults should aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per day to help improve quality of life and health. And children need more.

Follow us @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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