Are you getting enough sleep? Or maybe even too much sleep? A survey conducted by the Seoul National University of Medicine claims that if we don’t the balance right, our health could be at risk. 

Dave Fanning was standing in for Ryan on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 and decided to share the survey findings, originally reported on TheJournal.ie, with listeners in the hope that maybe we can apply our own Goldilocks test to how we sleep.

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Could better sleep lead to better health?

The Health survey was conducted on a group of Korean men and women aged from 40 to 69, with an incredibly large sample size of 133,608 people. Most people probably already know that getting too little sleep can impact our health and alertness.

But did you know that too much sleep may be just as bad?

"Fewer than 6 and more than 10 hours of sleep per day are associated with metabolic syndrome."

These metabolic problems can manifest as abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar or – the most visible – excess body fat around the waist.

"Researchers at Seoul National University College of Medicine found that, compared to individuals who slept 6 to 7 hours per day, men who slept fewer than 6 hours were more likely to have metabolic syndrome and a larger waist circumference."

"Women who slept fewer than 6 hours were also more likely to have a larger waist circumference."

Listen back to the whole segment on The Ryan Tubridy Show here.