Sleeping 5 hours or fewer every night could put you at risk of multiple chronic diseases: study – CTV

Oct. 24, 2022

A new study using data that spans 25 years has found that getting just five hours of sleep or fewer every night is associated with a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases.

The study, which looked at the sleep duration of more than 7,000 participants at the ages of 50, 60 and 70, was published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Medicine.

Those who reported regularly getting five hours of sleep or fewer at age 50 were 40 per cent more likely to have been diagnosed with two or more chronic diseases over the past 25 years, compared to people who slept around seven hours a night, the study found.

Severine Sabia of University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology & Health and the lead author of the study, said in a press release that “as people get older, their sleep habits and sleep structure change.”

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