Good sleep ‘can prolong life for women’

Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night appears to be linked to longevity, researchers claim

Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night appears to be linked to longevity, researchers claim

Women could extend their lives simply by getting enough good quality sleep.

This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the University of California, San Diego, who found that having just the right amount of rest appears to be linked to survival rates.

According to the researchers, the secret to a long life may be to ensure that between five and eight hours is spent on mattresses each night.

Based on a study carried out between 1995 and 1999 of 459 women in San Diego aged between 50 and 81, there may be a link between the duration of sleep and mortality.

When the team returned to the original participants, they found that between five and 6.5 hours of rest per night seemed to be linked with longevity.

Professor Daniel Kripke, who led the study, said that this was “about the average measured sleep duration for San Diego women” and individuals sleeping for this length of time should not worry.

Research published by experts from the same institution in March suggested that poor sleep patterns within social networks appeared to be linked to the spread of adolescent drug use.

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