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According to a new study it seems that too much sleep will kill you sooner rather than later. The amount of hours you sleep each night should be another thing to consider if you wish to live longer and have a better life.
Researchers say that people who sleep more than nine hours each night are at a higher risk of early death, just as those who sleep less than 7 hours. Sleeping too much combined with a sedentary lifestyle increase your risk of dying young with up to four times compared with people who exercise at least 150 minutes every week and who sleep on average 8 hours per night.
Sitting down more than 7 hours each day might also have a disastrous effect on your health, whether you are sitting on the couch or on a chair, working at your computer. In recent years more and more research has shown the negative effects of sitting for many hours.
Sitting, lack of exercise and sleeping long hours have almost the same disastrous effect as smoking and drinking alcohol. If you mix together more of these factors or even all of them in your unhealthy lifestyle, you can expect cutting your life span in two.
Researchers from the University of Sidney, led by Dr. Melody Ding have analyzed the lifestyle behaviors of over 230,000 participants older than 45. They took the risk factor already known to shorten the life span, such as smoking, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, high alcohol intake, then added to the mix too much or too less sleeping and excess sitting. They aimed to see which combinations are the unhealthiest, increasing the risk of early dying.
Their findings revealed that the most toxic mix and the most popular among their subjects is prolonged sitting, combined with too much sleep and lack of physical activity. Another triple threat was given by high alcohol intake, lack of sleep and smoking – a combination which also increases the risk of early death by up to four times.
Other combinations which double the risk of premature death are lack of exercise and too much sleep; lack of exercise and too much sitting; smoking and drinking too much alcohol.
Adrian Bauman, co-author of the study claims that focusing on the way in which these factors work together is important in designing public health programs aiming to reduce the lifestyle-related diseases.
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