This heart attack brought to you by insomnia

There's no hiding symptoms of  insomnia.

From your bloodshot eyes and the bags hanging under them to the heavy lids sagging above, poor sleep is practically written all over your face -- and if you think the damage on the outside is bad, you should see what's going on inside your body.

Insomniacs have a higher risk of disease and even death. So much higher that poor sleep could actually triple your risk of heart failure, according to new research.

This study zeroed in on the three major symptoms of insomnia: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and waking up feeling like you haven't slept enough.

Just one of those symptoms of insomnia will increase your risk of heart failure by 17 percent when compared to people who sleep well (or at least, people who sleep better).

Two symptoms of insomnia, and your heart failure risk will double.

And if you've got the insomnia hat trick with all three major symptoms, you've got triple the risk.

Insomniacs also have a higher risk of death from just about any cause, starting at 25 percent higher for one symptom and shooting all the way up to 139 percent higher for all three.

With risks like that, you can't afford another sleepless night. You need solutions -- and you need them now.

It's tempting to turn to sleep drugs. You pop a pill, you fall asleep. What could be simpler?

Truth is, it's not that simple. Sleep drugs don't work nearly as well as advertised, don't deliver the quality sleep you need for true rejuvenation and come with plenty of risks of their own -- including a death risk that's even higher than the one you'll get from insomnia.

Instead, you need to attack the cause of your symptoms of  insomnia -- a cause that's almost always rooted in either hormonal problems or nutritional deficiencies.

In some cases, the problem could even be both.

The only way to find the cause of your own sleep disorder is to get tested by a holistic physician who can also correct that cause naturally so you can finally get the rest you deserve.

And if you're in the Southern California area, I run one of the most thorough testing and treatment programs around. Ready to get started? Call my clinic for an appointment.

I've got more on sleep coming up next. Keep reading!