We hear a lot about how people don’t get enough sleep and that it’s bad for their health, but new research shows that getting too much isn’t good for us either. A new study from the Seoul National University College of Medicine looked at how much sleep 133,608 Korean men and women between 40 and 69 years old were getting and what kind of health problems they had.
Researchers found men who slept for six hours or less a night had a higher risk for developing a metabolic syndrome, like high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, and fat around the waist, than those who sleep eight hours. And both men and women who slept less had a higher chance for a bigger waist.
But on the flip side, those who snoozed for 10 hours or more weren’t much better off. Men and women in this group were also more likely to develop a metabolic syndrome and women had a higher risk for excess fat around the waist. So what is the ideal amount of sleep for optimum health? The study from Seoul couldn’t determine one. But if you feel like you need more sleep, you probably do and that’s what weekends are for.
Source: Business Insider