October 16, 2019
Sleeping less increases risks for diabetes, cancer, and early death, according to a recent study.
Researchers found that middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke are at increased risk for cancer and early death when sleeping less than 6 hours per day. The study also suggests that those who regularly sleep fewer than six hours a night have double the increased risk of diabetes, while a similar report shows those at rest for fewer than five hours have triple the risk.
Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the research analysed data of more than 1,600 adults, (20 to 74 years old, more than half women). The study found that people with diabetes or hypertension who sleep for fewer than six hours a day have twice the increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke and triple the increased risk of death from cancer-associated diseases.