Health Warning! – Excess of sitting and sleeping is as dangerous as smoking and drinking!
Very often we are told that sleep is the best cure. Whenever you feel tired or a little unwell, sleeping for sometime can really make you feel good and relaxed. However, a new study has proved something that has come off as a shocking revelation for many of us. If you are sleeping for more than 9 hours in a day and sit for long periods of time during the day and are not too much physically active then you are as much in danger as those who are addicted to smoking and drinking. People who live such a sedentary life are four times likely to die early- as warned by experts.
Actress Mae West once remarked, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!” However, in reality, majority of the decadent pleasures that we pursue including the rich foods and even sleeping are actually not good for us especially when foods are consumed in larger quantities and sleeping is done for longer durations.
1 Too much sleeping and sitting has a negative impact on your health
Over the past few years there has been mounting evidence that sitting for too long is bad for health. Also, previous studies have indicated that sleep can have a negative impact on health. A recent study conducted in the University of Sydney is the first one of its kind that has looked at the impact of both sleeping and sitting in combination.
Dr Melody Ding who is the study author and senior research fellow at the University of Sydney has said that when a lack of exercise and physical activity is mixed with a lifestyle of excess sleeping and sitting hours then what you get is a “triple whammy effect”.
2 Prolonged sleeping and sitting and less exercise are a deadly trio
It is very important to keep a check on your sleeping and sitting hours. Dr Ding’s study has highlighted that we should take our regular lifestyle behaviours like sleeping and sitting a bit more seriously; in fact we should be as serious about them as other risk factors like drinking, smoking and unhealthy eating habits.
Dr Ding and his team of researchers studied the health behaviours of about 230,000 study participants in the‘45 and Up Study’, which is the largest study of Australia which looks at human health along with the aging process.
After analyzing the lifestyle behaviors, such as excess drinking, smoking, poor diet and being physically inactive, the researchers added other factors like excess sitting time and too less or too much sleeping time to the equation.
Once the different combinations of the risk factors were analyzed, these combinations were categorized into groupings that could determine that which grouping is more likely to increase the risk of early death in a person.
It was thus determined that prolonged sitting, added with excess of sleeping and negligible physical exercise are a deadly trio.
3 Keep a check on your sitting and sleeping hours
Dr Ding’s study has further unearthed that lack of sleep, especially if it is less than 7 hours during the night is also four times a reason to invite death early if combined with the other risk factors including smoking and drinking.
Other deadly combos include sleeping too much and being physically inactive, sitting for longer hours and being physically inactive and drinking alcohol and smoking. All this makes it really important to keep a check on your sleeping and sitting hours and unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking as well.
4 Leave your couch potato days
If you are a couch potato who spends most of the time on the bed or sofa then kick off this habit as soon as possible. Not only is this unhealthy but also connected to early mortality. It is best to chart out your sleep time and follow it religiously. Wake up early morning and go for a light morning walk or best is to join a gym. Eat healthy food as it is a must. Gorge on green veggies and fresh fruits. A healthy intake of milk and juices will help you to increase your energy levels and keep you charged all day long. And yes, do not sit for longer hours. If your work requires longer sitting hours then take short breaks in between where you can walk for sometime.
So, start off with a healthy lifestyle and stay fit and happy!