How much sleep to you need? By Asheville Wellness Foundation Chiropractor Dr. Mathew Stockstad.

How much sleep to you need? By Asheville Wellness Foundation Chiropractor Dr. Mathew StockstadMost likely a lot less than you think, states one professional. It's popularized that a good night's sleep is vital for health. But oversleeping has actually been linked to a host of medical problems, consisting of issues such as:

Diabetes: In a study of nearly 9,000 Americans, researchers discovered a relationship in between sleep and the danger of diabetes. People who slept more than nine hours each night had 50% increase in having diabetes than individuals who slept seven hours per night. Interesting enough was the findings that sleeping less then five hours a night also increased the chance of diabetes.

Weight problems: Sleeping too much could make you weigh too much, as well. One current research study revealed that people who slept for 9 or 10 hours every night were 21 percent most likely to become obese over a six-year duration.

Headaches: Sleeping longer than typical can cause headaches. Analysts think this is because of the effect oversleeping has on particular neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin. Individuals who sleep too much throughout the day and disrupt their nighttime sleep may likewise find themselves dealing with headaches in the morning.

Pain in the back: There was a time when physicians told people experiencing back pain to head straight to bed. But those days are long gone-- they now suggest against sleeping more than typical, when possible.

Depression: Approximately 15 percent of individuals with depression sleep too much. This could in turn make their depression even worse, since regular sleep habits are very important to the recovery process. In fact, in specific instances, sleep deprivation can be an efficient therapy for depression.

Heart problem: A careful analysis of the information from the Nurses' Wellness Research, which included almost 72,000 women, revealed that females who slept 9 to 11 hours per night were 38 percent more likely to have coronary heart problem.

Death: Several researches have actually found that people who sleep 9 or more hours a night have substantially greater death rates. No certain reason for this relationship has actually been determined.

On the other hand, the common declaration that you require eight or even more hours of sleep each night might be incorrect. According to some professionals, many people need less than 8 hours of sleep each night. A number of large studies done over the past 40 years reveal that the average healthy grownup sleeps for seven to seven-and-a-half hours a night, which ought to be plenty from a physical perspective. Some grownups require even less than that and can work usually on just 5 hours of sleep a night.

Now as a doctor I can not help but look at some of these conclusions with some head scratching.  Like the last two above.  Could it be that people who have heart problems or are close to death are more likely to sleep more?

At any rate sleep is very important for maintaining your health and wellness.  We at Asheville Wellness Foundation have found that many who have sleeping issues suffer from pain, hormonal issues, or chemical imbalances that we test for in our wellness clinic.

We look forward to serving you soon!

Dr. Mathew Stockstad, M.Div, DC, PA

 

 

 

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