Sleepless, dying early

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Sleepless, dying early
~ Sleepless, dying early ~

People who get less than six hours of sleep per night have an increased risk of dying prematurely, researchers said.

Those who slumbered for less than six hours of sleep time were 12% more likely to die early, though researchers also found a link between sleeping more than nice hours and premature death, but Cappuccio said oversleeping is more likely to be an effect of illness, rather than a cause.

“If you sleep little, you can develop diabetes, obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol”, said Francesco Cappuccio, who led the research on the subject at Britain’s University of Warwick.

The study, conducted with the Federico II University in Naples, Italy, aggregated decade-long studies from around the world involving more than 1.3 million people and found “Unequivocal evidence of the direct link” between lack of sleep and premature death.

The findings of the study were published in the sleep journal. “We think that the relation between little sleep and illness is due to a series of hormonal and metabolically mechanisms”, said Cappuccio, who believes the duration of sleep is a public health issue and should be considered as a behavioral risk factor by doctors.

Cappuccio added that about 20% of the population in the United States and Britain sleep less than five hours.

Sleeping less than six hours is more common among those full-time workers, suggesting that it may be due to societal pressures for longer working hours and more shift work.

“Doctors never ask how much one sleeps, but that could be an indicator that something is wrong” said Cappuccio . Research has shown no adverse effects for those sleeping between six and eight hours per day.

Source Credit: AFP.


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