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