Sleep too Little? Sleep too Much? You may be doomed!

I fall into the “not enough sleep” category so I called my lawyer and directed him to prepare my last will and testament. He had a problem with the “sound mind” clause. I think I need a nap. Here is the story:

If you consistently get less than six hours of sleep, you’d better have your affairs in order. A group of researchers in the UK and Italy say that, by examining 16 separate studies, they’ve proven that not sleeping enough can lead to an early demise, the Guardian reports. The studies spanned 25 years, 1.3 million people, and 100,000 deaths. Those who didn’t get enough sleep were 12% more likely to die prematurely.

“Modern society has seen a gradual reduction in the average amount of sleep people take,” lamented one researcher. “It may be due to societal pressures for longer working hours.” But don’t throw away your alarm clock just yet; those who sleep more than nine hours a night are also more likely to die early. The researchers don’t think oversleeping itself puts you at risk, but they think it may be indicative of an underlying problem.

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3 Responses to Sleep too Little? Sleep too Much? You may be doomed!

  1. Holte Ender

    May 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Over a period of time I fall right in middle, less than 9 but more than 6, except for the past few weeks, hopefully that’s just a passing thing. Sleep is key to well-being.

  2. The Lawyer

    May 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    8 solid, almost every night, here. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  3. Randal Graves

    May 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Too much sleep, too little, too much fat, too little, too much salt, too little, too much booze, too little. I’ll croak when I croak. As long as it’s before Cthulhu returns.