Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Too Little or Too Much Sleep Can Be Bad for Your Health

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Too Little or Too Much Sleep Can Be Bad for Your Health

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Dear Doctor K: I average about six hours of sleep each night. How much is enough, and how much do most people get?

Dear Reader: Let's start with how much is enough. Many large studies have found that people who average fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, or more than nine hours, have more health problems. That is, there is an association between "too little" or "too much" sleep and health problems.

However, these studies don't prove that too little or too much sleep is the cause of their worse health. Instead, something else may be causing too little or too much sleep, and also causing health problems.

For example, people who sleep more than nine hours per night tend to have higher rates of obesity, heart disease and depression. …

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