If you have insomnia, nobody needs to tell you that it takes a toll on your day-to-day life. But do you know about the more serious consequences of insomnia?

It can have a major effect on your health. In fact, a brand new study found that men and women who can't fall asleep in their own bed face a much higher risk of winding up in a hospital bed!

For this study, researchers analyzed data for more than 50,000 Norwegian adults who filled out a national survey about their sleep habits. The researchers followed these adults over 11 years. During this time, 2,368 men and women suffered heart attacks.

After analyzing the data...

The researchers found that insomniacs ran a 45 percent greater heart attack risk than men and women who didn't have problems falling asleep. Plus, the men and women who fell asleep fine, but had trouble staying asleep through the night, showed a 30 percent increased heart attack risk.

According to Edward Fisher, professor of cardiovascular medicine at NYU says, "animals with disrupted circadian rhythms develop metabolic changes." When these problems occur in humans, it might increase heart disease risk as well.

So, if you run into a bout of insomnia, take measures to correct the problem. Skip the Ambien and try a steaming hot shower with the lights turned down low. That's my go-to insomnia cure.