Too little sleep
While you snooze, your body works hard to repair DNA, replenish vitamin levels, and generate antioxidants. When researchers recently followed 15,000 people for 14 years, they found that those with a healthy lifestyle (exercise, nutritious diet, moderate alcohol, no smoking) had a 67 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease. But if they also got seven or more hours of sleep a night, they had an 83 percent lower risk—almost heart attack proof! I advise making sleep a priority; use a cool, dark room without distractions, and have a nightly bedtime.
Too little happiness
Scientists asked a group of people at risk for heart disease to complete a test that measured well-being, optimism, and life satisfaction. After following the participants for 25 years, the researchers found that the happiest and most optimistic people had one-third the heart disease risk of the others. In the highest-risk patients, a high well-being score reduced the risk of heart disease by half. Optimistic, happy people look forward to the future and tend to prepare with healthier lifestyles. Look out for these signs you’re headed for a heart attack.