A new study has some somber news for men who are chronically sleep-deprived: you could be cutting your life short.
The research, conducted by the Penn State College of Medicine, found that out of 1,700 people surveyed over 14 years, men who suffer from insomnia are four times more likely to die prematurely than men who get the proper rest. Men are at an even higher risk of an early death if they have insomnia and type-2 diabetes or hypertension. Also, previous studies show insomnia actually leads to those two conditions. Although less than 6 hours of sleep was used as a cutoff point in the study, doctors recommend 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly to feel rested the next day.
Women appear able to cope with sleep deprivation without lowering their life expectancy.
Their discovery adds to growing evidence that too little sleep can have long-term health implications.