This Is What Less Than 6 Hours Sleep Can Do To Your Body
Think you're cool for staying up late and getting no sleep? Think again! It turns out getting less than six hours sleep a night raises your chance of an early death by 12 per cent.
Yes, trying to impress your mates with all-nighters could allegedly lead to diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
'Lack of sleep is a growing problem," Lisa Artis of the British Sleep Council (an actual thing) said. 'Firstly people don't place enough importance on sleep and the health benefits being well-rested can have.
'Secondly, unlike a lot of well understood life changes such as eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, sleep isn't really on the agenda.
'Unlike diet sleep is a hard thing to regiment and a whole number of factors such as having small children, having other health issues and environmental factors can all disturb sleep patterns.
Having the odd rough-night is no harm, but research claims that continuous wink-less naps increase stress levels, which nobody wants. They can also intensify your heart rate and raise blood pressure.
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Public Health England is now encouraging nocturnal seshheads to sleep more, to stop people from going into cardiac arrest before they get white hair.
In a document released last month, PHE said: 'Only around 20-30 per cent of what we think of as "ageing" is biological; the rest is "decay" or "deterioration", which can be actively managed or prevented.
'The years between ages 40 and 60 are thus a unique but neglected opportunity for intervention.'
Words by Josh Teal
Image credit: PA