Approximately a third of all the Americans are sleep deprived. The consequences of such a lack of sleep are evident in the numbers of fatalities, injuries, and accidents that occur due to drowsy driving.

However, that is just the tip of the iceberg, as a sleep shortage can increase your risk of multiple chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, it corresponds with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Where there is a lot of research that points fingers at the health consequences of sleep deprivation, there is also substantial evidence on what too much slumber does too. In this regard, there is a new research that sees the association between excessive sleeping and premature death plus risk of developing cardiovascular health effects.

Study details

The study is published in the European Heart Journal. It focused on a participant pool of 6,000 people between the age range of 35-70. The researchers kept a track of not only the sleep habits of the people but also noted their intake of medication, lifestyle habits, diet, level of physical activity, socioeconomic status, and family history of chronic health condition.

The study lasted for a duration of eight years. During this time, 4,381 people diet and 4,365 people suffered from a heart attack or stroke.

Findings of the study

The major takeaways from this study are:

  • Participants who slept less than the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep were at a 5% increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or premature death
  • Participants who slept for 9-10 hours had a 17% spike in the risk of developing heart and blood vessel condition or early death
  • Participants who rested for more than 10 hours showed a 41% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease or premature death

These three pointers make two main things very clear. These include:

  • Too much sleep is associated with an increased risk of developing heart-related health problems and early death
  • Sleeping too less also corresponds with a greater likelihood of heart problems and premature death.

Bottom line

Both excess and a lack of sleep chips in health problems. The study also found that the optimal hours for sleep for adults are 6-8 hours. Plus, it must be kept in mind that this is an observational study. This means that it does not claim that too much sleep leads to health problems. Instead, it says that excessive slumber exhibits an association with cardiovascular health concerns.