After turning 50, people who sleep 5 hours or less have a much higher risk of developing chronic diseases, says a recent study.

Sometimes, the current busy life barely gives you time to stop, rest and sleep. However, sleep is as important for good health as diet and exercise. Good sleep is essential to improve your brain performance, mood, and health. Recently, a survey was conducted on about 8,000 government officials in Britain that was published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine. None of these officers had any chronic disease before the age of 50. Researchers examined their health every 4 to 5 years for 25 years after 50.

The research result reveals that those who sleep less than 5 hours per night have a 30 per cent higher risk of various chronic diseases than those who sleep at least 7 hours per day. At the age of 60, this risk increases to 32 per cent. The risk is 40 per cent higher in 70-year-olds. Sleep duration is associated with chronic diseases in individuals and is common in older adults but remains poorly understood.

Researchers also identified poor sleep can cause diabetes, cancer, heart problems, stroke, respiratory problems, kidney problems, liver problems, dementia, arthritis, Parkinson’s, and mental depression as chronic diseases. Another study shows that there is a high frequency of chronic diseases that are prevalent and often lead to both physical and mental distress in China and many developing countries. Researchers of the survey claim that adequate sleep helps in essential matters like maintaining hormonal balance, controlling blood pressure, maintaining metabolic rate and maintaining overall health. However, researchers also believe there is room for more research.

This news is a creative derivative product from articles published in famous peer-reviewed journals and Govt reports:

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