Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sleeping eight hours of night is bad for adults.

Gadgets are depriving children of sleep, affecting their eating habits and turning them into fatties. So says a recent report by The Sleep Council, a generic body that aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night's sleep.

According to the report, a third of 12- to 16-year-olds questioned slept for between four and seven hours a night, instead of the recommended eight hours. The Sleep Council blames television, music, games consoles and other electronic equipment for the rise in 'junk sleep' -- a sleep "that is neither the length nor quality that it should be in order to feed the brain with the rest it
needs".

A 2002 study carried out by scientists at the University of California showed a clear association between long duration sleep and high mortality rates.
The study, which included more than a million participants, found people who sleep eight hours or more died younger. According to the research, a group sleeping eight hours were 12 per cent more likely to die within the six-year period covered by the study than those sleeping seven hours.


Between 1982 and 1988, 5.1 per cent of long-sleeping women taking part and 9.4 per cent of the men had died. Six or seven hours' sleep was found to be the ideal amount. Daniel Kripke, a professor of psychiatry, said, "From a health standpoint there is no reason to sleep longer." » Full article here

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