Sleep Could Prolong Life

Saturday 1st May 2010

New research suggests that regularly getting a good nights sleep could improve the length and quality of your life. Researchers at the University of Warwick and the Federico II University in Naples claim that individuals who sleep for 6-8 hours per night are more likely to live longer and to enjoy better health. The news sparks alarm that chronic sleep problems may reduce the life spans of individual sufferers, depriving them of more than just a good nights sleep.

Researchers in Warwick and Naples joined forces to study the sleeping habits of thousands of people in order to reach their conclusions. They found that people who are poor sleepers are up to 12% more likely to die prematurely. A finding that should alarm at least one third of the British population who are thought to get under 5 hours sleep per night.

However, researchers have also found that people who oversleep could also be at risk of ill-health. The researchers warn that regularly oversleeping could indicate underlying health problems. It is hoped that the findings will encourage people to get more shut eye or to seek advice about sleep problems that they may be leaving untreated.

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