With heart disease being the leading cause of death worldwide, it’s so important that you take especially good care after yours. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple lifestyle changes you can make to start improving your heart health and lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease today! Some of which might surprise you…
Getting good quality sleep is essential for good heart health. In fact, poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation have been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.2 Unfortunately, the blue light that’s emitted from screens can alter the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Because of this, limiting screen time before bed can help to improve sleep quality and lower your risk of heart disease. By turning all screens off at least an hour (ideally two) before bed and creating a relaxing bedtime routine, you’re increasing your odds of getting a good night’s sleep, which in turn can improve your heart health.
Helpful Hint: Need a little encouragement? Enroll in the “No blue light before sleep” habit in your Cardiogram app.
You likely already know that stress can take a toll on your heart health. So, it should come as no surprise that lowering stress levels can have the opposite effect. Stress, when experienced chronically, can cause high blood pressure, inflammation, and arterial damage. On the other hand, stress-reducing techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help lower your stress levels and improve your overall heart health. In fact, studies have shown that on its own, regular meditation can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation in the body.4
Helpful Hint: Need a little encouragement? Enroll in the “Meditation” habit in your Cardiogram app.