We area all aware of the proverbial “early to bed, early to rise”. Everyone knows the benefits of a good night’s sleep and refreshed we feel in the morning. I would seem that’s not the only benefit of going to bed early. A new study suggests that often hitting snooze can bring you closer to death’s doorstep.
The research project was conducted by several scientists from the University of Sidney, in the hope that they will uncover how several lifestyle factors are capable of impacting our wellbeing. According to doctor Melody Ding, the leader of this project, too many hours of sleep per night could, in fact, shorten our lifespan. Moreover, it would seem that those of us who choose to oversleep, by continually mashing the snooze button are 4 times more times susceptible to die earlier than those who stick to 7-hour sleep routine.
Oversleeping on itself possesses no risk on our bodies, but when it is associated with other unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking or sitting, then it has the capability of significantly reducing our lifespan by a couple of years.
Physical inactivity coupled with smoking and/or smoking can have a severe impact on our body, making us prone to many diseases, some of them manageable, such as obesity of type 2 diabetes, and some of them life-threatening such as lung cancer.
Often hitting the snooze button can bring you closer to death’s doorstep, this is the study’s conclusion after analyzing several lifestyle factors including diet, physical activity, and social interactions.
Doctor Ding and her team of scientists even managed to take a look at a patient’s sleeping pattern in order to compare how an individual feels after having a good night’s rest. The scientists discovered that individuals who developed a habit of sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night wake up feeling refreshed and ready for a hard day’s work. On the opposite side, there are those who prefer to lay in bed for too long. Often delaying your bedtime and waking up late, can leave you with an annoying sensation, such as a parched throat and an overall feeling of ooziness.
Following their conclusion, the team has drafted a couple of guidelines for patients who want to live a healthier life. There are only a few golden rules which we have to follow. First of all, a fixed bedtime hour can have a tremendous effect on our body. Also, we should avoid sleeping more than 7 hours per night. Lastly, we should eat healthier food, avoid sitting too much on the sofa and make plenty of physical exercises.