The University of Warwick has published a study in Sleep linking short sleep duration (fewer than 6 hours sleep a night) to an increased chance of dying prematurely. The study, published in the journal Sleep, provides unequivocal evidence of the direct link between short sleep duration and premature death. Research also indicates that sleeping for an extended period of time (more than 9 hours a night) can be problematic. As opposed to short sleeping, over long sleeping does not in itself increase the risk of death, but it can be an indication of an underlying serious and potentially fatal illness. Study identified 16 prospective studies that examined the relationship between the level of sleep habitual and mortality. These studies came from the UK, the USA, Europe and East Asia. In all, over 1.3 million participants took part in the study, and more than 100,000 deaths were recorded over the course of 25 years. According to the study, both short (6 hours or less a night) and long (9 hours or more a night) sleep duration are related to an increased risk of dying prematurely, as compared to those who sleep a modest 6-8 hours per

Besides the deterioration of current health conditions, sleeping more often may be associated with a higher level of well-being. “Taking a consistent 6 to 8 hour nap each night might help with our In the professor’s view, sleep duration should be considered as an additional behavioural risk factor, or risk marker, which may be affected by the environment and therefore subject to change through both educational and counseling methods as well as public health measures aimed at improving the physical and working environments. As the leader of the Sleep, Health and Society Programme at the University of Warwick and a Consultant Physician at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Professor Francesco Cappuccio explained, short sleep may cause illness, but long sleep is actually an indicator of illness.