Too much sleep is ‘AS bad for your health as smoking and drinking alcohol’: More than 9 hours a night means you’re ‘4 TIMES more likely to die early’
Sleeping more than 9 hours puts you at a higher risk of premature death
Inactive people who sleep and sit a lot are 4 times as likely to die young
Researchers said this combination is as deadly as smoking and drinking
The results come from 45 And Up, Australia’s largest health study
We’re often told that sleep is the best medicine.
But, a new study revealed that too much sleep is hazardous to your health.
Sleeping more than nine hours a night – combined with sitting too much during the day and a lack of exercise – can be just as bad for you as smoking and drinking alcohol.
People living sedentary lives are four times as likely to die early, experts warned.
There has been mounting evidence over the past few years that sitting for too long is bad for you.
Previous studies have also indicated that sleep can have an impact on your health.
This study, from the University of Sydney, was the first to look at the impact of both sleep and sitting together.
Dr Melody Ding, study author and senior research fellow at the University of Sydney: ‘When you add a lack of exercise into the mix, you get a type of “triple whammy” effect.
Our study shows that we should really be taking these behaviors together as seriously as we do risk factors such as levels of drinking and unhealthy eating patterns.’
Dr Ding and a team of researchers looked at the health behaivors of more than 230,000 participants in ’45 and Up Study’ – Australia’s largest study, which looks at health as we age.