Those who sleep less than six hours every night have an increased risk of premature death according to researchers who claim they have found indisputable evidence that premature death and sleep deprivation are linked.
According to researchers, those who get fewer than six hours of sleep every night are 12% more likely to die early, which is defined as under the age of 65 compared to those who get six to eight hours of sleep a night.
The research team looked at 16 studies that included around 1.3m people to draw their conclusions, the team was made up of researchers from the Federico II University Medical School in Naples and the University of Warwick.
They stated that earlier studies of sleep deprivation have proved associations with high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol.
On the other hand, other researchers from Sleep magazine believe that sleeping too much is a higher risk to your health and can result in premature death, although another research study published directly afterwards contradicted the statement, stating that those who sleep more than ten hours every day may live to the age of 100.
The authors of the most current study however believe that sleeping too long is a sign of low physical activity and depression, both of which are harmful to the body and a person’s overall state of health.
Professor Francesco Capuccio from the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire NHS Trust stated that although a small amount of sleep can be a sign of poor health, long lengthy sleeping periods are better indicators of poor health.
He went on to state that six to eight hours of sleep are optimal.