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Long Sleep Duration, But Not Short Sleep Duration, Predicts Mortality Risk

Recently, a meta-analysis involving 35 published studies and over 1.5 million adults found that the increased risk of death associated with sleeping more than 7 hours was significantly greater than the risk of sleeping less than 7 hours. Regarding short sleep and mortality risk, previous studies using extreme definitions of short sleep duration of less…

Influential Report Advises Against Sleeping Pill Use By The Elderly

The Beers list uses specific criteria to identify and list inappropriate, high risk drugs in the elderly that should be avoided in favor of a non-drug approach or safer medications because the high risk of toxicity and adverse side effects clearly outweigh the benefits. The Beers list was originally developed in 1991 and subsequently expanded…

The Human Brain May Be Designed for Seven Hours of Sleep

New research suggests that seven hours of sleep is associated with: 1. the lowest mortality risk while longer sleep is associated with greater mortality risk than shorter sleep; and, 2. peak cognitive performance for individuals between the ages of 15-75. In a study published in a February, 2016 issue of Nature, the world’s most cited…

The Eight Hour Sleep Myth

The eight hour sleep myth has been perpetuated by some sleep scientists, pharmaceutical companies that fund those scientists, and organizations such as the National Sleep Foundation that are heavily funded by pharmaceutical companies. Fortunately, this myth was recently exposed in a historic symposium at the annual national sleep meetings in Denver (the Associated Professional Sleep…