A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC indicates that too little and too much sleep may be linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, anxiety as well as obesity in people from age 45 and above. Sleeping for six hours or less is considered as too little sleep while 10 or more hours of sleep is considered as too much. People who may be suffering from these chronic diseases should have their sleep patterns evaluated according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The study involved more than 54,000 participants in 14 states. The ages of the participants range from 45 years old and above. About one third of the participants were considered as short sleepers, averaging six or less hours of sleep per day. More than 64 percent were considered as optimal sleepers while only four percent were classified as long sleepers.
In the study, short sleepers reported a higher incidence of diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, along with being more prone to obesity and mental distress. The same thing was reported among long sleepers, where the prevalence of coronary heart disease, diabetes and stroke were also more pronounced.
According to Dr. M. Safwan Badr, president of the AASM, “Sleeping longer doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sleeping well. It is important to understand that both the quality and quantity of sleep impact your health. A healthy, balanced lifestyle is not limited to diet and fitness; when and how you sleep is just as important as what you eat or how you exercise.”
The study findings are published in the October issue of the Journal SLEEP.
Source: Science Daily