Ever compared notes about sleep with someone? If you need a solid eight or nine hours (which you rarely get), and your buddy says he is perfect going on five hours a night, does that irk you? How about someone who claims she feels “radiant” after just four hours of sleep and seems to get a lot more done during the day (because she’s up before the sun)?
It’s funny how we find little ways to annoy and pester our friends about how much sleep we need or don’t need. But short-sleepers should listen up: If you’re lying about how much sleep you really need, you could be putting your health in jeopardy. The Brits just released a study showing that people who do not get enough sleep are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease.
This came after a seventeen-year study. Although the reasons are unclear, researchers think it’s related to increased blood pressure, which is known to raise the risk of heart attacks and stroke. The researchers were quick to point out that a third of the United Kingdom’s population clocks fewer than five hours a night. And it’s even worse in the U.S. where more than 40 percent of us regularly sleep less than five hours nightly. What’s wrong with us?