Sleeping less than 6 hours can be fatal

Sleeping less than 6 hours can be fatal

Sleeping less than six hours can almost double the risk of death in people with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

One study showed that people with metabolic syndrome who slept for more than six hours were nearly 1.49 times more likely to die from stroke. In contrast, those who slept less than six hours had a 2.1 percent higher risk of death from heart disease. Researchers reported that people with metabolic syndrome who slept less had a 1.99 percent higher risk of death from any cause than those without metabolic syndrome. Julio Fernandes-Mendoza, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study, said: "Take care of your sleep if you're at risk for heart disease, and if you suffer from sleep deprivation, you're at risk. Consult a doctor to avoid it."

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