Sleeping less than six hours may double death risk // #Sleeping #Death //

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5: Failing to sleep less than six hours
may nearly double the risk of death in people with metabolic
syndrome – a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and
obesity, researchers have warned.
A study found that people with metabolic syndrome who slept
for more than six hours were about 1.49 times more likely to die of
stroke.
Conversely, those who slept less than six hours were about 2.1
times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke. For those who
got more sleep, the risk of death was more modest, the researchers
said.
The short sleepers with metabolic syndrome were also 1.99
times more likely to die from any cause compared to those without
metabolic syndrome, Medical Daily reported.
“If you have several heart disease risk factors, taking care
of your sleep and consulting with a clinician if you have
insufficient sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of
death from heart disease or stroke,” said lead author Julio
Fernandez-Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the University of
Pennsylvania.
For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart
Association, the team selected 1,344 adults (average age 49 years,
42 per cent male) who agreed to spend one night in a sleep
laboratory.
The results showed that 39.2 per cent of the participants had
at least three of the risk factors – body mass index (BMI) higher
than 30 and elevated total cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting
blood sugar and triglyceride levels. During an average follow-up of
16.6 years, 22 per cent of the participants died.

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