It has always been recommended that to maintain a good health, you have to sleep at least 8 hours a day. However, a new study on sleep habits alerts us to the risks of sleeping longer than recommended.
This study was led by a group of scientists from the University of Keele in the United Kingdom. It has been published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association. It was concluded that people who get to sleep more than 8 hours, have a higher risk of suffering a cardiovascular problem, than those who sleep less than that.
But this data is also not the most surprising. According to the scientists of this research, sleeping more than 10 hours daily can alarmingly increase your risk of mortality.
Too much rest affects your heart
As we said, the problem of excessive rest is that it directly affects the heart. Since blood circulates differently at its normal rate. Being so many hours at rest, the heart does not work at the ordinary pace that a healthy person should have.
For the study, the records of more than 3 million patients were reviewed. To analyze the association between sleep habits and rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality. As a result of the investigation, it was concluded that sleeping more than 10 hours increases the risk of:
- Stroke mortality in 56%.
- Mortality due to cardiovascular pathology of 49%.
- Coronary disease in 44%.
A curious irony
The great amplitude of the data taken as a reference for the study, make us ask a series of doubts regarding the conception that has always been that sleeping a lot is good for our health. The idea of sleeping well tells us that the longer the rest period, the better the performance of our nervous system. Especially when we are in the phases of deep sleep.
But this study reveals precisely that the extremes are touched, that if there is no control against the level of sleep, our body will dilate the performance of the heart and therefore it’s counterproductive. Conclusion: maintain an excellent pace of life, maintaining a balance between rest and being active