By now, the research is pretty well stacked in favor of the ‘sleep = good health’ correlation. But what may come as a surprise is that getting too much sleep could be more detrimental to your health than getting too little.

A new study of 47,000 young and middle-aged adults found that sleep impacts the calcium buildup in major arteries, which leads to heart disease. Those who got fewer than five hours of sleep had 50 percent more calcium buildup compared to those who got seven hours of sleep. Meanwhile, those who got nine or more hours of sleep had an even more concerning amount: 70 percent more calcium compared to seven-hour sleepers.

There are a handful of things you can do to help if you’re struggling with sleep. Avoiding caffeine after lunch and dimming the lights in your room as bedtime approaches are a good starts. "It is also important to avoid exposure to electronic media at bedtime," said study lead author Dr. Chan-Won Kim.

Talking to a medical professional may also help. For those who get a quality snooze each night, what are some of your tricks?



HealthDay: Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Harm the Heart