The team from the University of Warwick and Federico II University Medical School in Naples analized 16 studies involving a total of 1.3 million people before reaching their conclusions. In their conclusion they discovered that people who slept for less than six hours each night were 12 per cent more likely to die prematurely before the age of 65 than those who slept the recommended six to eight hours a night. They claim their study provides ‘unequivocal evidence’ of a link between sleep deprivation and premature death.
They also pointed out their previous studies had shown that sleep deprivation was associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. However, they further found that too much sleeping more than 6 to 8 hours each night also was linked to premature death. They also published their findings that “those who slept for more than nine hours a night were 30 per cent more likely to die early”. Professor Francesco Cappuccio, leader of the Sleep, Health and Society Programme at the University of Warwick and Consultant Physician at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: “while short sleep may represent a cause a ill-health, long sleep is believed to represent more an indicator of ill-health.”
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Material from (29 Apr 2011): http://myhealthbowl.com/latest-health-news/short-sleep-linked-premature-death/