While sleep is not only important for feeling alert and well rested, it is also an important factor in overall health and longevity; this according to a recent study completed by Italian and British researches. Various processes are completed by the body during sleep, including repairs repairs needed as a result of normal daily activities. Those who get less than six hours of nightly sleep were reported by the study to be more prone to premature death.
Inadequate sleep can decrease a person’s immune system as well, making those who are sleep deprived more susceptible to illness and disease, including everything from the common cold to serious, life-threatening ailments. Additionally the study reported that between six and eight hours of sleep is generally adequate for a healthy adult and is best obtained at night, during the natural period in which the human body is designed to be inactive.
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