Wellness Pathway #144: Sleep Seven Hours

Perhaps you saw the news earlier this year. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, and the American Cancer Society found that people who typically sleep more than eight hours per night or less than four hours per night had a 15 percent greater chance of dying, for any reason, than those who typically sleep somewhere in between. The use of sleeping pills was also associated with an increased mortality of 25 percent. Seven hours of sleep was the magic number when it came to life extension.

That may seem counterintuitive (isn’t more sleep always better?) but a correlation has been found in multiple studies between mortality and those who sleep either very much or very little. This is probably not a problem for most readers of Provisions, since the average sleep time in the western world is now six and a half hours, but I would bring it to your attention just in case you’d like to start setting your alarm clock in order to live longer. Most people sleep in 90-minute cycles, so shoot for seven and a half or six hours (rather than something in between). If you suffer from insomnia and are sleeping less than four hours per night, seek out a sleep therapist rather than sleeping pills. Relaxation and a good mattress in a dark, quiet room can work wonders.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
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