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Lack Of Sleep Deadly?

           I recently read a news article recently that drew some shocking conclusions that any person may want to know about. Apparently a new study indicates that those who sleep 5 hours or less are twice as likely to die of heart disease. A 17 year study of more than 10,000 workers showed that getting around 7 hours of sleep is optimal, while over or under this number can have hazardous affects. Sleeping less than 5 hours a night has consistently been linked to high blood pressure, and greater risk of cardiovascular disease as well. Many point to the trend of busy lifestyles and tremendous work routines as a primary cause of lack of sleep.

           On the flip side of the coin, getting 9 or more hours of sleep is also thought to have negative consequences. According to a previous study, those who slept well over 9 hours a night also had a much higher mortality rate.

           I guess keeping a consistent 7 hours a night is the way to go.

           With loaded work schedules, rising gas prices and food bills skyrocketing, it’s no wonder people are failing to get enough sleep. The scary part about this study lies in the fact that so many people fall into the category of 5 hours of sleep or less. It is not uncommon for 5 out of 10 people in a room to not sleep nearly enough, while exposing themselves to high risk of heart problems in the future. Who knew that not sleeping enough could have the same affect on your blood pressure as candy or a sugar-filled can of soda? I for one enjoy sleeping, especially for 7 or 8 hours at a time. No one likes to be a groggy, coffee addicted zombie in the morning anyway, so why not just get some sleep? There’s always counting sheep right?

(stats and findings from: Lack of Sleep May Be Deadly, Research Shows By Ben Hirschler )

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