BEACON TRANSCRIPT – We all love sleep, don’t we? We can’t wait for it, when we’re tired, and we really don’t want to get up once we’re awake. But have you ever considered how much your love for sleep is hurting you? Researchers from the University of Sydney did, and they concluded that sleeping too much can elevate your mortality risk.
After looking at a sample of 230,000 adults, aged 45 and older, researchers from the University of Sydney used the data regarding their lifestyle. The criteria used were the subjects’ sleeping habits, their level of sedentariness, and alcohol and tobacco use, among others.
Dr. Melody Ding from the University of Sydney claimed that sitting down for more than seven hours, as well as not exercising for more than 2.5 hours a week, along with sleeping for more than 9 hours can form a sort of “triple whammy” effect on a person, seriously raising their risk of dying prematurely.
However, nothing could compare to the fatal combination of not getting enough sleep (under 7 hours), smoking tobacco, and regular, excessive alcohol intake, which took the mortality rate to an astonishing height of 400%.
But that wasn’t the only dangerous combination. Lack of exercise, combined with smoking and not getting enough sleep was also proven to be highly dangerous, although not quite as bad as the previously mentioned combo.
Professor Adrian Bauman, co-author of the study, wants to stress the importance of taking all of these factors together when performing a study, or when designing public service announcements.
Since each individual factor is dangerous, but not nearly as dangerous as when taken in association with some of the others, and since nobody actually has only one of the bad habits analyzed in the study, the authors suggest that any future PSAs or published studies make sure to let the people know more accurately the amount of damage they’re doing to themselves by partaking in the unhealthy habits.
Since the types of diseases caused by the factors analyzed in the study are currently killing over 38 million people worldwide every year, the researchers again stress the point that a better understanding of the risk behaviors present in the world’s population could eventually lead to a decrease in the astonishing number of deaths caused by improper living
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