What may be the optimal number of hours to sleep on average every night to maximize health and longevity?
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But what is “enough,” and is more, better? Just this year researchers found what appears to be the magic number of hours to sleep, on average, every night to minimize risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Sleep fewer hours and mortality goes up; sleep any longer, mortality goes up.
To maximize health and longevity, is the optimal sleep duration slide> 6 hours? 7 hours? 8 hours? 9 hours? Or 10 hours? And for those of you thinking, what about 12 hours? No.
Well, It’s not 6. And it’s not 10. It’s not 8 either. The optimum amount of sleep to get on average every night to live longer is 7 hours of sleep, according to this important new study this year.
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