Skimping sleep may raise risk of death

ADULTS who regularly sleep fewer than seven hours a night are at a higher risk of a multitude of health problems and even death, sleep medicine experts say.

A consensus statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Sleep Research Society recommends adults aged 18—60 should sleep seven or more hours a night.

After reviewing the available evidence over a 12-month period, a panel of 15 sleep experts found that sleeping fewer than seven hours a night on a regular basis is associated with an increased risk of death.