Women in particular risk heart disease from too much sleep, a study found.
Sleeping too much is just as bad on the heart as getting little rest, a recent study suggests.
People who had eight or more hours of sleep daily were 34 per cent more likely to suffer from heart disease, a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology found. Those who slept for less than four hours had a 35 per cent added risk of heart problems, linked to factors such as stress and high blood pressure.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology analysed data from medical examinations of 400,000 Taiwanese adults, who were over 20 years of age. These adults had answered questions on their duration of sleep.
Lead author Dr Linn Beate Strand said previous studies had put women at a higher risk of cardiovascular problems than men.
“Our results show that enough, but not too much sleep, is important for a healthy lifestyle,” she added.
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