Health experts have been telling people that they need to get more sleep for years. There are good reasons for this. Being sleep-deprived can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. However, it is possible for you to get too much sleep. There was a study done that showed that people who slept more than eight hours per day are more likely to develop heart disease.
People who sleep more than 10 hours per night are 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease than people who sleep seven hours per night. Chun Shing Kwok is a lead researcher at Keele University. He stated that getting too much sleep is a risk factor for heart disease.
These results are from a global study. Three million people were asked about their sleep habits. The researchers recommend that if you sleep a lot, then you should invest in an alarm clock. Sleep is best in moderation like all other things in life.
This also raises an important question. Do people sleep more because they have poor health, or does sleeping more lead to poor health? The study also raises another important question. How much sleep does a person need in order to maintain their health?
Experts still recommend that people get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, which has been the standard recommendation for several years. However, they also noted that a person’s sleep needs can vary. There are psychologial and physical factors that influence our need for sleep.
People who need to care for their children or other family members may not be able to get as much sleep. It is also common for people who work irregular shifts to be sleep-deprived. Additionally, the researchers stated that doctors need to ask patients about their sleep quality and quantity.