It’s always important to get enough sleep – no matter how old you are. One recent study focused specifically on those over 50 and found that those who sleep less than five hours a night are much more likely to put themselves at risk for various health issues.
This study, discussed in an article on CNN, looked at close to 8000 civil servants in the UK who were healthy at the age of 50. After tracking them for many years, they found that those who slept five hours or less were at a 30% higher risk for developing many diseases. By age 60 the risk increased by 32% and by 70 it had increased by 40%.
What is the magical amount of sleep a person should be getting? Typically researchers have found that 7-9 hours of sleep is the right amount to keep the average person healthy.
Read the whole article to learn more – and get enough shut eye for your health!