Are you one those people who purposely lies in but feels bad about it when you rock up to work behind time? The type to go sick at a snooze button a dozen times only to feel like crap on the train journey to the office? Well, get over yourselves. Lying in on a morning is going to extend your life.
I’m not telling porkies here, guys. Fancy avoiding an early death, then hit that snooze button a further 10 times. Hell, maybe even 100.
Researchers have found that adults under the age of 65 who fail to get more than five or fewer hours of sleep a day have a higher risk of kicking the bucket that those who consistently get more.
That being said, the study also found a series of short sleeps may be countered by an eventual lie-in aka the weekend, The Guardian reports.
First author of the study Torbjörn Åkerstedt said:
Sleep duration is important for longevity. I suspected there might be some modification if you included also weekend sleep, or day-off sleep.
The assumption in this is that weekend sleep is a catch-up sleep.
Human ‘body clock’ expert Stuart Peirson said of the paper:
It fits with what we do know about sleep – that sleep is regulated by the body clock but also regulated by what is called a homeostatic process, which means the longer you are awake the more you need to sleep.
He added that ‘sleep debt’ needs to be ‘paid off’ and that ‘You can’t keep burning the candle at both ends. Well, you can, but you won’t live as long.’
Makes sense really. Doesn’t take a genius. Especially given that a previous study revealed sleeping next to a snorer is bad for your health. Scientists at Imperial College London analysed the effect noise had on sleep revealing a snoring partner can raise a sleeper’s blood pressure.
Monitoring 140 volunteers who lived in homes near Heathrow and three other European airports, the study discovered snoring has the same impact on a sleeper’s blood pressure as the noise of a low-flying aircraft or a lorry reversing in the street.
In fact the type of sound or its origin did not appear to be important; only loudness mattered. Simply put the louder the noise, the higher the blood pressure rising by 0.66 mm Hg for every five decibel increase.
Dr Lars Jarup, one of the authors of the study from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College London, spoke about the results of the study.
We know that noise from air traffic can be a source of irritation, but our research shows that it can also be damaging for people’s health, which is particularly significant in light of plans to expand international airports.
Our studies show that night-time aircraft noise can affect your blood pressure instantly and increase the risk of hypertension.
It is clear to me that measures need to be taken to reduce noise levels from aircraft, in particular during night-time, in order to protect the health of people living near airports.
If you are sick of your partner snoring and concerned about your blood pressure, ASDA sells a special pineapple plant that may be the solution.
The strange looking plant, which has a tiny pineapple at the very top, even has the backing of NASA.
According to their studies, pineapple plants produce oxygen and improve air quality throughout the night which can prevent snoring.
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