A recent study discovered that getting less than five hours of sleep might result in early death.
The study found that those in their middle years and older adults who do not get enough sleep are 40% more likely to acquire serious illnesses. Diabetes, heart problems, and cancer are among the diseases.
According to a press release by the lead author, Dr. Severine Sabia of University College London, “multimorbidity”—the diagnosis of older persons with at least two chronic illnesses—is on the rise in developed countries.
For public health, she added, “this is proving to be a significant challenge.”
Sleeping patterns, routines, and structures vary as people age. But Dr. Sabia insisted that everyone should get seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
Our research demonstrates that multimorbidity is also related to short sleep duration.
Sleep quality is just as essential as sleep quantity. Among other important conditions for proper sleep, they include good sleep hygiene, the ideal temperature, and the absence of any form of light.
Dr. Sabia cited research from the past when he suggested that daytime exercise and sunshine exposure might lead to better night sleep.
The most current study’s findings were released in PLoS Medicine. The study used a sample of over 8,000 men and women from the UK. The longitudinal research followed the subjects for 25 years.
The data analysis revealed that older adults desperately needed at least seven hours of sleep.
Another sleep research has found that blue light from smart device screens can disrupt the sleep hormone melatonin. According to different research, late-night snacking can interfere with sleep and lead to obesity.