Does it matter whether or not you get 8 hours sleep each night? If you have insomnia and find it difficult to get enough sleep each night there are immediate risks in that you are going to be more likely to have an accident. There are also well known health risks for those who can’t sleep . Risk has been shown again in a recent study which followed people with insomnia for up to 14 years. Men were shown to be at the greatest risk of dying prematurely when they got less than 6 hours sleep a night.
In the study 1,741 randomly selected people with an average age of 47 years were tested in the Sleep Lab. They were divided into those who slept more than 6 hours a night and those who slept for less than 6 hours. The men were followed up for 14 years and the women for 10. The mortality rate was 5% for the women but 21% for the men. The results were adjusted to take account of variables including: age, race, education, body mass index, smoking, alcohol, depression, sleep disordered breathing, and weight.
This shows that insomnia should never be ignored. It is important to get a full night’s sleep every night. If you can’t sleep you must get help.