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Topic of the Day - Can Sleep Deprivation cause Illness?

Thursday, 6 May 2010

A new study has found that people who sleep for less than six hours every day are 12 % more likely to face a premature death compared to those who sleep for six to eight hours. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Warwick in association with the Federico II University Medical School in Naples, Italy. The study claims that oversleeping for more than nine hours can be cause for concern and could mark underlying serious and fatal health disorders.

The research followed more than 1.3 million participants from the United Kingdom, United States of America, European and East Asian countries for 25 years. Over 100,000 deaths were recorded during the course of the study. The results of this study clearly indicates a direct link between short (less than six hours of sleep a night) and long (more than nine hours) intervals of sleep and the chances of premature deaths in comparison to those with regular hours of recommended (six to eight hours) of sleep. The findings of the study were published in the journal Sleep,

Joining us on the afternoon Show today to discuss the findings of the research, is Prof Richard Costello, Sleep Expert at Beaumount Hospital.

Tips on how to get a good night sleep:

What to do in the day in the daytime
Avoid Naps
Get Some Physical Exercise During the Day
Don't Sleep In

What to do in the evening
Set the mood for bed
Darken the room and prepare for sleep
Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and Tobacco in the evening time