Getting Less Than 5 Hours Of Sleep Per Night Affects Your Long-Term Health

Getting Less Than 5 Hours Of Sleep Per Night Affects Your Long-Term Health

A new study is warning that getting less than 5 hours of sleep every night may be harmful to your health in the long run.  European researchers found that having less than six hours of sleep every night was associated with an increased risk of obtaining several chronic diseases.

Peer-reviewed research conducted on over 8,000 British civil service workers at ages 50, 60, and 70 over an average of 25 years found low sleep duration to be related with the emergence of chronic disease and multimorbidity.

University of Paris-Cité and University College London released their study on Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Sleeping less than seven hours each night at age 50 was associated with a 30 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with numerous chronic diseases later in life, according to the study’s primary author, Severine Sabia.

Those people who sleep five hours or less per night at age 60 had a 32% higher risk, and those who did so at age 70 had a 40% higher risk, contrasted with those who slept 7 hours per night.

People’s sleep routines and patterns alter as they become older. However, 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night is the sweet spot. Today, more than half of all people aged 65 and up are coping with multiple chronic conditions. Since multimorbidity is linked to increased use of healthcare services, hospitalizations, and impairment, it poses a serious problem for public health.

The researchers are aware of the study’s shortcomings. The study’s sleep data came from participants’ own reports and its subjects were all government workers based in and around London. Experts believe that getting the correct amount of sleep for you is essential, regardless of your age, occupation, or history, and that worrying too much about sleep might be counterproductive.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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