Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lack of sleep linked to early death

Omg, I read this article from Yahoo! and felt very scared already as I lack sleep almost everyday! Take yesterday for instance, I only slept for less than 2 hours, and been awake, went to work, came back from work, have another one hour nap and that's it. *gasp*!!! It's not that I don't want to have a proper sleep/ rest, but I just CANNOT sleep at the right time. I would stay awake for the whole night, and then sleep in the morning... *shietsss*

I can't recall having a sleeping problem before this. Think I would have to take things slowly and do not stress myself too much. Actually, I don't I'm really stressed out, or even making myself really exhausted... omigosh... How larh now... Need to adjust my sleeping time to the normal one as quickly as I can... *sigh*

Read further...

Sleeping less than six hours a night increases the risk of early death, it has been claimed.

Scientists arrived at the result after analysing data from 16 studies involving more than 1.5 million participants.

They found "unequivocal evidence" of a direct link between sleeping less than six hours a night and dying prematurely.

People who regularly had this little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a period of 25 years or less than those who got the recommended six to eight hours.

An association was also seen between sleeping more than nine hours a night and early death. This was thought to be due to long-sleeping being a marker of serious underlying illness rather than any effect of sleep itself.

Professor Francesco Cappucio, head of the Sleep, Health and Society Programme at the University of Warwick, said: "Whilst short sleep may represent a cause of ill-health, long sleep is believed to represent more an indicator of ill-health.

"Modern society has seen a gradual reduction in the average amount of sleep people take, and this pattern is more common amongst full-time workers, suggesting that it may be due to societal pressures for longer working hours and more shift-work. On the other hand, the deterioration of our health status is often accompanied by an extension of our sleeping time."

The research, reported in the journal Sleep, reviewed 16 prospective studies from the UK, US, Europe and Asia which together monitored more than 1.3 people for up to 25 years.

In total, more than 100,000 deaths were recorded during the observation periods.

Pooling together data in this way, known as meta-analysis, can indicate patterns and trends that may not be obvious in individual studies.


Guess I would have to force myself to sleep tonight! Better go to bed by 12 and hopefully will doze off asap!


thengfei said...

I avday go to bed at 10:30 and wake up at 6am...v.healthy, i can live longer ya?

bloodbubble said...

haha don't worry too much it's not like you've been having sleep problem for that long.. it's only a recent problem ya?

sunset2712 said...

I hope it's just 'jet lag' problem... BUT its been 2 weeks!! argghhh