Don’t you get enough sleep? You are lucky. Getting eight hours of sleep may not be as important as you think.
According to a recent study, when Sleep is more important than sleep duration, especially for long-term health and longevity.published in magazine sleepThe study analyzed sleep data from more than 60,000 people and found that people who maintained a regular sleep schedule had a lower risk of death.
More specifically, those who follow consistent sleep patterns (going to bed and waking up at similar times each day) can reduce the risk of various premature deaths by 20 to 48 percent and cancer-related deaths by 16 to 39 percent. %, with between 22% and 57% having cardiac or metabolic problems.
Of course, this is not to say that adequate rest is not important. But research shows that sleep duration is only a small part of its impact on overall health and well-being, and sleep experts agree.
“I always tell my patients that the moment they fall asleep – specifically, consistency “When you fall asleep, it’s just as important as the amount of sleep you get,” said Dr. Jade Wu, a certified sleep psychologist and sleep expert at Hatch, a maker of sleep aid products who was not involved in the study. The world focuses on eight hours , but if you sleep eight hours at different times, you won’t get all the benefits of getting enough sleep. “
Wu also noted that while not everyone needs a full eight hours of sleep, everyone needs to keep their sleep schedule consistent.
“We call it social jet lag: when you wake up at different times during the week,” Wu said, giving the example of waking up at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends: “It’s like you’re taking off from ‘new.’ Going from York to L.A. and back every weekend. That’s the kind of jet lag you put on your body.”