Sleepyheads told to avoid the lie-ins for a longer life

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 7, 2018

Scientists have known for some time that not getting enough sleep increases the risk of a string of health complaints such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

They analyzed the data from 74 studies which contained information on the sleep quality and habits of three million people (from 1970 to 2017).

Until now, there have only been studies on how too little sleep increases the risk of dying.

Staying in bed for more than 10 hours was also linked to a 56% increased risk of death from stroke and a 49% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers said their study suggests abnormal sleep could be "a marker of elevated cardiovascular risk" and said Global Positioning System ought to ask questions about sleeping patterns during appointments.

"If excessive sleep patterns are found, particularly prolonged durations of eight hours or more, then clinicians should consider screening for adverse cardiovascular risk factors and obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep".

"Our findings have important implications as clinicians should have greater consideration for exploring sleep duration and quality during consultations".

The results show that sleeping for longer than the recommended duration of seven or eight hours may be associated with a moderate degree of harm, compared to those who sleep for shorter durations.

Research led by Keele University found people who slept more than eight hours a night were at greater risk than those who slept for seven hours or fewer. The amount and quality of our sleep is complex.

"We further wanted to know how incremental deviation from recommended sleep duration altered risk of mortality and cardiovascular risk".

"There are cultural, social, psychological, behavioural, pathophysiological and environmental influences on our sleep such as the need to care for children or family members, irregular working shift patterns, physical or mental illness, and the 24-hour availability of commodities in modern society".

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