Get less sleep and you could live longer

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Get Less Sleep and You Will Live Longer

Eating, drinking, smoking ... all of it in excess could be dangerous for your health. Makes sense, right?But too much sleep? What?!

A new study suggests people who sleep more than nine hours a night could put you at risk of premature death. But don't worry ... thankfully that's not the whole story.

Researchers at the University of Sydney analyzed the health behaviors of more than 230,000 people. They found people who spend their days sleeping and sitting are four times as likely to die young. And that's because they discovered those who get too many Zs and live sedentary lifestyles are also more likely to drink and smoke in excess.

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Get less sleep and you could live longer

Lavender 

The scent of lavender is known to be very relaxing and can help you get to sleep at night. 

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Shut off the screens

Avoid being on your computer, phone or e-reader before going to sleep. Studies have shown the use of these items before bed can decrease the quality of your sleep.

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Melatonin supplements 

Taking sleeping pills sounds scary to many people, but melatonin supplements are like a sleep vitamin, giving you a little extra of the naturally produced hormone. 

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Stick to a schedule

Going to sleep and waking at the same time every day helps your natural sleep/wake cycle. You sleep much better when you go to bed when actually drowsy and wake naturally at the same time each day. 

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Exercise 

Regular exercise, even as little as 20 mins a day can help you sleep better at night. 

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Skip the afternoon nap

Taking a nap during the day can exasperate insomnia for many people. 

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So what does this mean for you? Get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night and make sure you keep moving during the day. The combination of too much sleep and sitting is just as hazardous for you as too much smoking and alcohol.

Remember your parents yelling get outta bed in the morning? Maybe they knew this all along.

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