How much sleep do you get, on average, per night? And, at what time do you tend to fall asleep?
I fall asleep too late, most nights, and have been getting a bit more sleep recently, but at the wrong times.
I read some medical journal articles on sleep, which had some impressive numbers of people in their studies.
What they found, is a connection between when you fall asleep, how much you sleep, and health.
It was already well known that not sleeping correctly increased your chances of many health problems, sometimes by a lot, but now that are saying that when and how much sleep make a difference, too. Sometimes by a lot also.
Problems such as various heart diseases/conditions, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, ulcers, immune function, memory, and worse.
Apparently, falling asleep between 10-11 is the best, health-wise. Before 10, and after midnight is the worst, with a 24% and 25% increase in issues, respectively. Between 11 and midnight, the risk of health problems overall is about 12%. Though, some individual health risks are much higher when counted alone, such as a 55%-70-something % increase in the diabetes, I believe that it was.
Also, broken up sleep has connections to some problems, as well. If you can get up, go right back to bed, and fall right back to sleep, less so. It's when you really wake up, and take time getting back to sleep.
Anyway, there's more to it than that, but that's some of the interesting statistics.
How about you?
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