Too much sleep can up early death risk: Study
Longer sleepers were also about 50 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Those who slept less than seven hours did not have a heighten risk of early mortality or heart disease
Researchers from the American Heart Association recently conducted a study to evaluate the association between sleep duration and cardiovascular disease by reviewing 74 studies, which observed the quality and length of sleep of more than 3.3 million participants.
After analyzing the results, they found those who slept for 10 hours were 30 percent more likely to die prematurely, compared to those who slept for eight hours.
The scientists do not know why longer sleepers are more at risk, but they noted sleeping too long and sleeping too little can both have effects on the body.
Depressive symptoms, low socioeconomic status, unemployment, and low physical activity are also associated with long sleep duration.” Although this study advises people not to snooze excessively, others have suggested sleeping in may actually be good for your health.
It could indicate that changes in the circadian rhythm by sleeping longer are causing increased inflammation and weakening their immune system, Narula said.
"It could be that they have other adverse health behaviors, so people who sleep longer, maybe they don't exercise as much."
She noted that socioeconomic factors like unemployment could also play a role in people's sleep habits and health.
Most people try to catch up on sleep on the weekends, but Narula said this study is really focused on those who are sleeping long amounts of time day after day, and it's important to focus on creating healthy sleep patterns for the long term.
"Really what you need to remember is consistent and regular sleep health patterns are important," she said.
She recommends a sleep hygiene regimen that includes going to bed and waking up at the same time, sleeping in a cool, quiet, dark room, putting digital devices away, and abstaining from drinking caffeine or alcohol right before bed.
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