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Nr. 00265- 9th Jan. 2024 – Weekly Newspaper devoted to Science & Technology in Africa ** Pour la promotion de l'esprit scientifique en Afrique

Result of a scientific research: It is not advisable to sleep too late

According to a recently published scientific finding, it is not advisable to sleep two late. In fact, a research team from the the University of Sydney studied the lifestyle patterns of 231,048 participants in the 45 and Up. This in considered to be the largest Australia’s cohort study. The aim of this investigation was « to determine the most likely risk behaviors that are contributing to premature deaths in middle-aged and older adults ».

The following habits have been observed: smoking, high alcohol intake, poor diet, physical inactivity, prolonged sitting, and unhealthy (short or long) sleep duration.

The results:

« During the six-year follow-up period, more than 15,600 deaths were registered. And out of the 96 possible risk combinations, the 30 most commonly occurring combinations accounted for more than 90 percent of the participants. The findings, which were published in the journal PLOS Medicine, revealed the following:

  • A person who oversleeps (more than nine hours a night), over-sits (more than seven hours a day), and under-exercises (less than 150 minutes each week) is more than four times as likely to die early compared to someone who doesn’t practice these habits.
  • A person who smokes, has a high alcohol intake, and lacks in the sleep department (less than seven hours a night) is also four times more likely to pass away before their time ».Source:

For details about this investigation, please refer to the following source:

PLOS Medecine

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