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The Right Amount of Sleep for Optimal Health

SleepOptimalHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

In 1970, the iconic rock band, Chicago, released a single entitled, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Fast forward to 2018, one might ask, “Does anybody really know how much sleep is needed for long-term wellness?” Time marches on and science is still debating the proper amount of sleep for cardiovascular and overall health maintenance. We do know that science has linked poor sleep with chronic health challenges, including memory and concentration issues, weakened immunity, and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Conversely, research has shown that adequate sleep can strengthen memory, curb inflammation and lower stress, as well as improve mood, spur creativity and support a healthy weight.

Individual sleep requirements are highly variable. As such, health advisors generally recommend that adults strive for an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night. A new study suggests that sleep duration that is either too short or too long is associated with greater cardiovascular risk factors. Preliminary results from the study, recently published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep Health, suggest that seven may be the magic number when it comes to the relationship between sleep length and long-term cardiovascular health. The study showed that excess heart age appeared to be lowest among adults who reported sleeping an average of seven hours per 24-hour period. Sleeping times less than or greater than seven hours were associated with increased excess heart age, with the highest elevations noted in short sleepers.

Heart age is calculated based on risk factors for heart disease. Common reasons for advanced heart age include normal aging, family history, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in two men, and two in five women have a heart age five or more years older than their actual age. Those who slept less than seven hours had the highest risk for cardiovascular disease due to the effects of metabolic and endocrine functions, vascular damage, and circadian misalignment. Sleep deprived individuals had higher blood levels of stress hormones, as well as markers of health-damaging inflammation. Researchers also found that those who regularly slept nine or more hours each night had more calcium buildup in their heart artery walls and stiffer leg arteries than those who normally slept seven hours per night.

Research supports protected sleep time for every age group, from children to adolescents, teens and adults. Those who don’t sleep well have greater chances of developing risk factors for poor long-term health, including hypertension, high cholesterol and a higher body mass index. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of mortality worldwide and accounts for one of every three deaths in the U.S. Aside from age and family history, cardiovascular disease is largely preventable through addressing modifiable risk factors. Take steps to reduce cardiovascular risk factors by enjoying a whole food healthy diet, becoming physically active, not smoking and managing weight, as well as lowering blood pressure and controlling blood sugar, if needed. To lower heart age and support overall health, aim for seven hours of healthy sleep each night.

Occasional sleeplessness is normal. Nearly one third of Americans have difficulty falling and staying asleep at some point in their lives. However, when infrequent episodes of insomnia escalate to a regular unhealthy routine, poor sleep habits may be to blame. Basic sleep hygiene strategies can include keeping the bedroom cool, dark and comfortable, as well as establishing routine bed and wake up times. Avoid stimulating activities and eating a heavy meal at least three hours before bed. Begin dimming the lights at least an hour before bed to stimulate melatonin production for a good night’s rest.

To find the right amount of sleep for you, experts suggest going to bed at the same time each night for at least one week, while also setting a wake up alarm for the same time each morning. If you find you are waking before the alarm, you have likely gotten sufficient sleep and could go to bed a bit later if desired. If you sleep past the alarm, it’s a good indication that you require more sleep and need to go to bed earlier.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality formulas to support healthy sleep and overall wellness:

Melatonin Plus 5 mgMelatonin Plus 5 mg by Professional Supplement Center®: This vegetarian biphasic formulation delivers melatonin quickly, then steadily, in support of healthy sleep patterns and synchronization of daily biorhythms. Ingredients confer direct and indirect antioxidant activity. Free of wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives.

Melatonin PR 3 mg...Melatonin PR 3 mg Prolonged Release by Douglas Laboratories®: This formula provides 3 mg of pure grade melatonin in a prolonged-released tablet in support of healthy restful sleep. Free of yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, artificial coloring, and artificial preservatives. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Sleep TimeSleep Time by Nutritional Frontiers: To assist the promotion of restful sleep, this blended formula provides nutrients that support inhibitory neurotransmitter production as well as  promote a sense of wellbeing and reduced anxiety. Vegetarian capsules.


Kavinace Ultra PMKavinace Ultra PM by NeuroScience™: This top selling, highly recommended favorite provides a proprietary blend of ingredients shown to improve the onset and quality of sleep. Powerful ingredients support calming neurotransmitters and hormones important to a healthy sleep cycle to promote restorative sleep and help manage stress and anxiousness.

Study links short and long sleep durations with excess heart age.  https://aasm.org/study-links-short-and-long-sleep-durations-with-excess-heart-age/
How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart. https://aasm.org/study-links-short-and-long-sleep-durations-with-excess-heart-age/
Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Obstructive Sleep Apnea: an Update. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5891150/
Getting too little sleep may ‘age’ the heart. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-heart-sleep/getting-too-little-sleep-may-age-the-heart-idUSKBN1KZ1UJ
Short and long sleep durations linked with excess heart age. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180604093121.htm
Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-heart-sleep/getting-too-little-sleep-may-age-the-heart-idUSKBN1KZ1UJ
Heart Age. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/heartage/index.html


Sleepless Nights? We Have Solutions

SleepSolutionsJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Almost everyone has occasional bouts of sleeplessness, typically due to stress, anxiety, worry or overstimulation. This is normal and shouldn’t further add to your list of things to worry about, as what’s classified as acute insomnia is usually of brief duration and generally resolves itself. According to the National Institutes of Health, insomnia is a very common problem that affects approximately 30% of Americans. This occasional sleep disruption may result in symptoms such as fatigue, low energy or difficulty concentrating, which can affect your next day’s performance at work or at school. Daily life challenges, emotional upset, grief, hormonal imbalances and unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as overuse of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol, are all believed to contribute to poor quality sleep. While insomnia can occur at any age, women, middle-aged and older adults appear to be at increased risk of sleep disorders.  

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Chronic insomnia, however, can affect not only your mood and alertness, but also your overall health, your weight, your energy levels and your mental health. While some lifestyle choices may affect healthy sleep patterns, often with chronic insomnia there is a secondary or underlying cause. Medical conditions, such as depression, chronic pain or restless leg syndrome, or side effects of certain medications, such as those used for cardiac or asthmatic conditions, are common factors in chronic insomnia. When insomnia becomes a pattern and interferes with your daily life, you may have chronic insomnia and should see a healthcare provider for diagnosis if:

  • You lie awake and have difficulty falling asleep
  • You struggle to maintain sleep and wake frequently throughout the night several times a week for several months
  • You wake up too early and can’t go back to sleep
  • You have poor quality, restless, or non-restorative sleep
  • You have any combination of these symptoms

Fortunately, for the majority of us, adopting healthy bedtime habits often make it easier to fall and stay asleep. Many times establishing a routine is effective. Avoiding heavy meals and exercise within 4 hours of bedtime, sticking to a regular schedule of sleep and wake times even on weekends, limiting stimulating activities and evening TV and computer time, establishing a soothing wind down routine, making the bedroom dark and cozy and turning down the temperature are all strategies that can aid more restful sleep.  

Professional Supplement Center offers high quality supplement choices to promote restorative sleep.  Here are some of our customers’ favorite sleep support products:

Kavinace Ultra PMKavinace Ultra PM by NeuroScience – Our most popular sleep supplement, this proprietary blend is designed to relieve symptoms of insomnia, anxiety and stress by providing support for the calming neurotransmitters that promote restorative sleep and a normal sleep cycle. Gluten and soy free.


Insomnitol Chewable TabletsInsomnitol™ Chewables by Designs for Health® – These great tasting lemon flavored chewable tablets are formulated to supply nutritional support for calm brain activity. Insomnitol™ contains a blend of botanicals, nutrients and neurotransmitter precursors, which help promote the natural ability to fall and stay sleep. Non GMO formulation.

Sleep Time
Sleep Time by Nutritional Frontiers – Formulated to support the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin to effectively promote healthy sleep and reduce stress and anxiety. Vegetarian capsules.


About Insomnia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0023585/
It’s Time to Do Something About Your Sleep. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shrink/201403/its-time-do-something-about-your-sleep
Insomnia Overview. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/primary-insomnia/overview.html
Insomnia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/9155.php?page=2