Why A Long Night’s Sleep May Be Bad For You?


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Sleeping less can result in obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. A research by BBC found that people who sleep for more than 8 hrs are likely to die sooner than those who sleep for 6-8 hrs. The study also showed that subjects who added 2 hrs of sleep experienced depression, increased inflammation and back pain.

Almost everything that we under-do or over-do results in something bad. Therefore, there should be a balance in almost everything. The same is the case with the amount of time we rest in sleep every night.

Prior to the recent report that has appeared online via BBC.com, it was believed that 8 hours was the right duration for a sleep. Moreover, this is widely assumed to be the ideal duration but according to some experts, it is reportedly said that the same 8 hours of time is too much, and may actually be unhealthy.

What Happens if we Sleep 8 hours or more?

We all know the side effects of sleeping less which include: obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. But what kind of health risk are we exposed to when we sleep 8 hours every day.

According to BBC, research carried out over a period of past 10 years reveals that adults who usually sleep for less than six or more than eight hours, are at risk of dying earlier than those sleep for between six and eight hours. However, that seems to be a very specific time frame to consider.

In simple words, people who don’t fall under this 6 to 8 hours category are said to die earlier than the ones who do.

To back up this belief, one of the researches conducted by Prof Franco Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology at the University of Warwick, has analyzed 16 studies, in which overall more than a million people were asked about their sleeping habits and then followed up over time.

His analysis showed that 12% more of the short sleepers had died when they were followed up, compared to the medium sleepers.

However, 30% more of the long sleepers had died, compared to the medium sleepers.

Yet another research by Prof Shawn Youngstedt of Arizona State University concluded with a report which said, after adding extra 2 hours in their sleep, the subjects suffered from “increases in depressed mood,” “increases in inflammation”. The participants in the study also complained about soreness and back pain.   

Edited By: Vivek Chhetri


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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Rupesh Meena
Rupesh Meena 5pts

Sleep over the article..\U0001f60a\U0001f60a

Mirtha Scoles
Mirtha Scoles 5pts

Really. They just don't. What. To write. About. A good. night sleep. It's. Very. Important, your body. Needs. It ,your mind too,human being. Can't. Function. With out a good. Rest We all normal. People. Know. That"ok

Kristy VanKleef
Kristy VanKleef 5pts

Its been a long while since I've had a good long sleep, I've now dismissed my inability to sleep too long as sleep is for the birds. But normally I do like anywhere from 9-10 hours a night to be really refreshed...Ive been getting 6-7 if I am lucky as of late.

Pepi Everage
Pepi Everage 5pts

Im a big sleeper that's never going to change. I love sleep

Ayurveda 5pts

Need or you feel the need? In any case, you should check for underlying causes.

Susan Day
Susan Day 5pts

Just as well as I had a bad night last night and woke at 5!

Tatiana Townsend
Tatiana Townsend 5pts

The successful people often mention their sleeping habits. Most of them sleep just 5 hours.

lily77 5pts

This article is overly simplified and does not explore the possibility that the people who were sleeping longer may have had other health issues or biochemical differences that contributed to the increased mortality of that group. Ie. there may have been reasons for sleeping longer that also contributed to poorer general health.

Loryn Theron
Loryn Theron 5pts

Life is so confused the other day they say get enough sleep as possible what must you believe

Ayurveda 5pts

:) Ofcourse, you shouldn't be anyway!

Rose Ceballos
Rose Ceballos 5pts

Slept like a baby last night.not loosing any sleep over this one forsure.