Sleeping too much could suggest underlying health problems
A major new sleep study involved more than 3.3 million people around the world
Scientific experts have revealed getting too much sleep can be just as hazardous to our health as getting too little.
A major new study, involving more than 3.3 million people around the world, found that getting more than 10 hours of sleep a night increased the chances of death from stroke by 56 per cent, and heart disease by 49 per cent.
Researchers now believe excessive sleep should be considered a marker of poor health, writes Mirror Online.
They say that underlying diseases could be the cause of regular lie ins – and they urged GPs to check the sleep patterns of patients during visits in a bid to save their lives.
The study involved more than three million people from 1970 to 2017. It also found poor sleep quality was associated with a 44 per cent increase in heart disease.
Lead researcher Dr Chun Shing Kwok said: “Our study has an important public health impact in that it shows that excessive sleep is a marker of elevated cardiovascular risk.
“Our findings have important implications as clinicians should have greater consideration for exploring sleep duration and quality in consultations.
“If excessive sleep patterns are found, particularly prolonged durations of eight hours or more, then clinicians should consider screening for adverse cardiovascular risk factors and obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.”