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The Golden Snooze?

It is clear that sufficient sleep and health go hand-in-hand. But is it possible to get too much sleep?

A person in bed reaches for an alarm clock.

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Everyone is unique in terms of exactly how much sleep they need each night.

Not getting enough sleep is bad for your health. However, did you know that getting too much sleep may be bad for your health too?

A group of sleep researchers did a huge study of over a million people whose ages ranged from thirty to a hundred. The researchers wanted to see if there were any conspicuous relations between their sleep pattern and health since then.

In order to insure correct data, researchers controlled for age, smoking, weight, economic status, exercise and so on. They just wanted to look at one thing: sleep.

As it turns out, people who got seven hours of sleep a night were less likely to have died than people who got less than that. That isn’t too much of a surprise. But they were also less likely to have died than people who got eight hours a night, and even less likely than people who got nine!

The researchers caution that this doesn’t mean you should force yourself to get seven hours exactly. It’s more likely that each person needs a certain amount of sleep — whatever your number may be — and will do

Read More:

  • Lack Of Sleep Doubles Risk Of Death, But So Can Too Much Sleep (Science Daily)
  • Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain (NPR)

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