Short sleep duration ups risk of chronic diseases

A study shows people who sleep less as they age may be more likely to experience multimorbidity

Older adults who sleep for five or fewer hours per night are at 30% increased risk of having multiple chronic diseases than those who average seven hours of sleep, a large cohort study shows.

French researchers say their findings, published in PLOS Medicine, support the promotion of good sleep hygiene in both the primary and secondary prevention of multimorbidity in later life.