The benefits of a good night’s sleep

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Want to improve your health and possibly live longer?

Researchers say you better add good sleep to your list of healthy habits.

A new study finds people who get high quality sleep have a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer, compared to people with poor sleep habits.

Researchers say good sleepers also have a longer life expectancy than those who struggle to regularly catch some solid sleep.

Researchers say five healthy sleep habits are critical:

  • Getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night
  • Falling asleep easily most nights
  • Staying asleep most nights
  • Waking up rested most mornings
  • Not using any sleep medications

Men in the study who slept well got a larger life expectancy boost than women.  More research will be done on that in the future.