We all know how important a good night’s sleep is. We’ve been told time and time again that we need at least eight hours of sleep a night to function at our best. But what if you’re only able to get five hours of sleep a night?
According to a new study, five hours of sleep a night is linked to a higher risk of multiple diseases. The study, which was published in the journal Sleep, followed more than 4,000 adults for six years.
The participants were asked to report how many hours they slept each night. They were also asked about their health. The researchers found that those who slept five hours or less a night were more likely to develop chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.
The findings suggest that even partial sleep deprivation can have serious health consequences. So, if you’re only able to get five hours of sleep a night, it’s important to talk to your doctor about ways to improve your sleep.
A new study has found that people who sleep for five hours or less a night are at greater risk of developing a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The research, published in the journal Sleep, looked at the sleep habits of more than 3,000 adults and found that those who slept for five hours or less a night were significantly more likely to develop chronic diseases than those who slept for seven hours or more.
lead author Dr. Wei-Min Chen, of Stanford University School of Medicine, said: “This study provides strong evidence that sleep is crucial for health and that Too little sleep has a profound impact on our risk for developing chronic diseases.”
The findings add to a growing body of evidence linking too little sleep to a range of health problems. A recent study found that people who slept for six hours or less a night were at increased risk of death from all causes, while another found that short sleepers were more likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
If you’re struggling to get enough sleep, there are a few simple things you can do to improve your sleep habits. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, establish a regular sleep schedule, and create a calming bedtime routine.