Lack of sleep leads to early death: study

Less than six hours per night can be dangerous


In a new study that looked at the relationship between sleep and mortality, UK and Italian researchers found that getting less than six hours of sleep a night can lead to an early death. People who regularly got this amount of sleep were 12 per cent more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got six to eight hours. An association was also found between sleeping for more than nine hours and an early death, although getting so much sleep could be a sign of other health problems. The study was based on 1.5 million people in 16 previous studies.

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Lack of sleep leads to early death: study

  1. Terrific. According to this I'm due to die some time last year.

    • The internet connection seems to work well in the afterlife.

  2. I wish the media would learn the difference between causation and correlation.
    After reading the linked BBC article, I wish that Maclean's would stop with the half-ass reporting.

    From the very article they link to:
    "Professor Jim Horne, of the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre, said other factors may be involved rather than sleep per se.

    'Sleep is just a litmus paper to physical and mental health. Sleep is affected by many diseases and conditions, including depression,' he said."

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