Do you like to get your 40 winks and more? It might be in your genes!  I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

New research from Germany has found a gene that influences how much you need to sleep. This gene is also linked to heart disease, providing new evidence that cardiovascular health and getting enough sleep are related.

Our society sometimes considers getting a lot of sleep or taking naps as a sign of laziness. But sleep is turning out to be part of our individual genetic profile. It is not related to character or motivation.

Just be sure you are smart about getting enough sleep to stay healthy and alert.

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