Too much sleep and too little exercise leads to premature death

Too much sleep, sitting too much and not getting enough exercise leads to an early grave.

Too much sleep can kill you

A new study released by the Sax Institute has found that sleeping more than nine hours a night and not getting enough exercise during the day could be leading you to an early grave.

The results of the study 45 and up show that a person who sleeps too much (more than nine hours per night), then sits too much (more than seven hours a day) and isn’t physically active (less than 150 minutes per week) is more than four times more likely to die compared with someone with healthier lifestyle habits.

 “Evidence has increased in recent years to show that too much sitting is bad for you and there is growing understanding about the impact of sleep on our health but this is the first study to look at how those things might act together,” said the study’s lead author Dr Melody Ding. “When you add a lack of exercise into the mix, you get a type of ‘triple whammy’ effect. Our study shows that we should really be taking these behaviours together as seriously as we do other risk factors such as levels of drinking and unhealthy eating patterns.”

Researchers at the University of Sydney analysed the behaviour of more than 230,000 participants in the 45 and Up Study to find out the state of health of our ageing population. 

Under the microscope were unhealthy lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, high alcohol intake, poor diet and being physically inactive, as well as excess time sitting down and sleeping habits.

The aim of the study was to examine different combinations of these risk factors to see which would increase the likelihood of premature death.

Apart from the hazardous combination of sleep/sitting/lack of exercise, researchers also found another problematic triple threat: smoking, high alcohol intake and lack of sleep (less than 7 hours a night) is also linked to a more than four-times greater risk of early death.

“The take-home message from this research – for doctors, health planners and researchers – is that if we want to design public health programs that will reduce the massive burden and cost of lifestyle-related disease we should focus on how these risk factors work together rather than in isolation,” said study co-author Professor Adrian Bauman. “Better understanding what combination of risk behaviours poses the biggest threat will guide us on where to best target scarce resources to address this major – and growing – international problem.”

Read the Traditional and Emerging Lifestyle Risk Behaviours and All-Cause Mortality in Middle-Aged and Older Adults: Evidence from a Large Population-Based Australian Cohort study

Read the 45 and up study

Are you surprised by the results of this study? How many hours do you sleep each night? Do you sleep too much? Do you get enough regular exercise?

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    Chris B T
    10th Dec 2015
    10:17am
    This study, with the Older Aussies' Drinking on the rise and Australia Obesity getting worse.
    Have the same RESULT LARGE TUMMIES.
    But how can you afford to feed these Large Tummies if you don't have enough income to live off.
    The Articles should have been combined, poor health outcomes.
    Fran
    10th Dec 2015
    10:53am
    I am so confused, recently they told us we loose weight while we sleep (bunkum), now too much sleep will kill us! What next?
    Anonymous
    10th Dec 2015
    11:06am
    Next they will be saying that too much drink kills us we know that's wrong?
    Hasbeen
    10th Dec 2015
    10:54am
    Oh god.

    The first thing we should do is ban the use of could, perhaps, may & all the other words used by these academic researchers to heavily qualify their research results, making them actually meaningless.

    Then we should issue them with picks & shovels, & put them to work doing something actually useful for all our money.

    It is fairly obvious to all perhaps but an academic that older people actually sleep a lot WHEN THEY ARE UNWELL. More often healthy oldies have insomnia, & sleep less at night.

    I wonder how much tax payer money was wasted on this bit of bumph.
    Rosret
    10th Dec 2015
    1:33pm
    Agreed.
    buby
    13th Dec 2015
    9:39pm
    yes indeed hasbeen!!!
    PlanB
    10th Dec 2015
    11:11am
    Well I might lie down early as by 5pm I am jiggered and have to sit down many times through the day because of pain but I am lucky to SLEEP 4 hours a night and do not sleep through the day either. I can no longer go for walks as doing what I can around the home finishes me.
    I am also NOT over weight
    I have always had an active life up till now and I am still very supple but to be on my feet for long is out of the question.

    I do not drink other than Water and maybe 1 cup of coffee in the morning
    Rosret
    10th Dec 2015
    1:31pm
    The people doing these surveys are young university students aiming for a doctorate. They have no idea of what challenges we face each day. If I am in pain from arthritis and die younger than other people then resting will have had nothing to do with it. But lack of rest and pain will. The editorialised survey is far too simplistic.
    Rosret
    10th Dec 2015
    1:23pm
    I really beg to differ with their findings. All the "long livers" in our family had plenty of sleep, good food and relaxation. Go the other way of high stress, over work and lack of sleep and I can assure you death comes a whole lot faster. Maybe the ones out for the count in their early 50-60s aren't included in this survey.
    PlanB
    10th Dec 2015
    2:48pm
    I notice it said 45 and up --good God when I was 45 I was as fit and healthy as they come and worked hard and played hard --swimming walking sailing hiking -- painting my house and the kids while they were at work and I did this till about 4 years ago but now takes me all my time to do SOME of what needs to be done here ---
    PlanB
    10th Dec 2015
    2:50pm
    Good God 45 it but a Fetus !

    I think you are right Rosret seems like a study being done by some young wipey Sniper
    Happy cyclist
    10th Dec 2015
    3:25pm
    You painted the kids PlanB? And while they were at work? How did you manage that?
    PlanB
    10th Dec 2015
    3:41pm
    Well I was retired and they were at work so I drove to their place and painted the inside of their house, I did the same for my Son and his Wife and also for my Step Daughter
    Happy cyclist
    10th Dec 2015
    4:28pm
    Sorry, PlanB, I think you missed the joke! You left out the apostrophe so it changed the sense. I was kidding.
    LeonYLC
    10th Dec 2015
    4:27pm
    Can't sleep. Can't drink. Can't eat. May as well sit upright in front of the window and watch the birds fly past. But wait! There's nasty UV rays coming through the glass. Oh no!
    Kato
    10th Dec 2015
    4:31pm
    Send this Federal Parliament the noddies in Canberra are in strife if this is dinkum.
    Polly Esther
    10th Dec 2015
    5:05pm
    If you stop partaking of what pleasures you, say alcohol and sex for instance , you won't live any longer, I will just seem like it.
    Also remember what is known as 'the big sleep', death my lovelies.

    10th Dec 2015
    5:50pm
    Monash Meduical Institute proved the same thing years ago.

    10th Dec 2015
    5:53pm
    Time to relent, surrender your superannuation to the government, lie down, and die.
    niemakawa
    13th Dec 2015
    9:54pm
    They will take it dead or alive.
    niemakawa
    11th Dec 2015
    3:51am
    Yawn!
    Strummer
    11th Dec 2015
    8:49am
    No s**t, Sherlock?
    Annie
    11th Dec 2015
    1:06pm
    Oh dear! Here I am heading for 82 already 12 years longer than my allotted span of "3 score years and ten", sleeping up to 12 hours most nights, eating my grazing diet of good stuff but a little when and if I fancy it, looking after husband and son, cleaning, cooking washing, ironing etc etc 24/7, matriarch of a large wonderful family - not much time for exercise per se - and I really enjoy my glasses of wine!!!! Am I doing something right for me or am I just plain lucky ?
    PlanB
    11th Dec 2015
    1:28pm
    Go for it Annie, enjoy
    buby
    13th Dec 2015
    9:37pm
    I can't sleep and i can't exercise, OH problems problems..........ya just can't win in this life can??
    niemakawa
    14th Dec 2015
    6:58am
    I've been awake for 17 hours for many years, how will that affect my life expectancy? Probably similar results!
    niemakawa
    14th Dec 2015
    6:58am
    I've been awake for 17 hours for many years, how will that affect my life expectancy? Probably similar results!
    niemakawa
    14th Dec 2015
    7:05am
    I'm wide awake, I'm wide awake.


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