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Sleeping Less Than 5 Hours A Night? You're At Higher Risk For Multimorbidity

People who sleep five hours or less at age of 50 more likely to be diagnosed with two or more chronic diseases (multimorbidity) than who sleet for up to seven hours a night.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : January 3, 2023 5:00 PM IST

Sleeping Less Than 5 Hours A Night

Seven to 8 hours of sleep per night is usually enough for most healthy adults. Sleeping too much or too little can have adverse health effects. Regularly sleeping less than five hours of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of multiple chronic diseases. For example, a study by University College London (UCL) researchers have found people who reported getting five hours of sleep or less at age of 50 were more likely to be diagnosed with two or more chronic diseases (multimorbidity) such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes as well as have higher risk of mortality, compared to those who slept for up to seven hours a night. Lead author Dr Severine Sabia noted that maintaining good sleep hygiene is important to ensure a better night's sleep. Here are 5 tips to get a good night’s sleep.

Minimize Electronic Device Usage Before Bedtime

Blue light emissions from devices affect melatonin production, a natural substance the body produces to regulate the sleep cycle.

Get Some Sunshine Vitamin

Exposure to light during the day is critical for good sleep. Deficiency of vitamin D is associated with sleep difficulties and shorter sleep duration.

Do Some Physical Activity Every Day

Numerous studies have shown regular exercise can improve sleep duration and quality. Exercising also helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can contribute to trouble sleeping.  Also Read - How Does Our Body React To Dehydration?