You may not realize it, but your body is pretty active while you sleep. Your brain is busy creating new pathways to help you process information, cells and tissues are undergoing repair, and even your immune system is reaping the benefits of a little down time. Yet, while most experts recommend getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly, it seems guys in particular may be falling short of that goal.
Researchers in Canada recently surveyed a group of men in their 30s and 40s only to find that more than a third of them were sleep deprived. Out of 500 individuals involved in the study, 33 percent were only sleeping about 4 to 6 hours each night, and many of them admitted to still feeling tired in the morning. Why does it matter?
“Men may be surprised to learn that getting at least 7 hours of sleep is a great way to speed up your metabolism, reduce your chances of having a heart attack, prostate cancer and developing type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Larry Goldenberg with the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization whose goal is to help men become more proactive about their health.
Not surprisingly, television and Internet viewing were two of the main factors contributing to men’s lack of sleep, along with late-night eating.