A study in this month’s SLEEP journal shows that men who habitually sleep 6 hours or less have a reduced secretion of tissue Plasminogen Activator, body’s natural clot buster, which dissolves the clot in coronary arteries. This puts short sleepers at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Here are my 5 tips to help you fight this when you cannot get 7-8 hours of sleep every night because of work or family responsibilities. 1. When you cannot get a sufficient amount of sleep, it is absolutely vital that you get maximum percentage of deep sleep by following sound sleep hygiene. A lot of the time we not only get insufficient sleep but also poor quality sleep. 2. Invest 15 min into a strategically placed (usually between 1-3 pm) power nap. It can not only improve your productivity, but also reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, thereby reducing your risk of heart attack. 3. At work, try to walk more than you stand, and stand more than you sit. Conduct walking meetings instead of traditional sitting ones. If you sit at the desk a lot, invest in laptop stand and do the same work by standing. 4. Make salad for lunch a routine. Enjoy nuts and fruits as snacks in the afternoon. 5. Look at the problems with optimism and positivity. Studies have shown that people who interpret workplace events with optimism have a reduced risk of heart attack. Hope this was helpful. Sleep Well, Live Well.