(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers from University College London have found that sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of developing many diseases, including chronic ones.
The study involved 8 thousand volunteers aged 50 to 70 years. Participants’ health and habits were followed for 25 years.
In the course of the work, the scientists found that people who slept less than 5 hours a day were 20% more likely to develop heart disease, cancer and diabetes compared to those who slept more than 7 hours a night.
Volunteers over the age of 50 had a 30-40% increased risk of developing two or more chronic diseases at once, and the risk of death due to chronic diseases increased by 25%.
According to the scientists, their study highlights the importance of adequate sleep for human health.
They also called for good sleep hygiene: do not use gadgets a few hours before bedtime, do not eat heavy food for dinner, and also prepare a place to sleep.
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