Walking for This Long Each Week Offsets Damage Caused by a Lack of Sleep

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You don't need us to tell you that getting enough sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but for some people drifting off into the lad of nod isn't simple.

However, a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that even if you do struggle to catch z's, there's a way to offset the damage caused by a lack of sleep.

The study found that walking briskly for two-and-a-half hours a week or running for one hour and 15 minutes weekly "eliminated most of the deleterious associations" of poor sleep and was enough to mitigate the risk of an dying prematurely.

For the study, researchers tracked 380,055 people aged 56 on average over the course of 11 years. They found that people who didn't exercise enough and slept poorly were 57% more likely to die prematurely than people who exercised a lot.

People who didn't exercise enough or sleep well also had a 67% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and their chance of being diagnosed with cancer was increased by 45%.

The researchers, who hail from the University of Sydney and University College London, said of their findings: "Our results support the value of interventions to concurrently target (physical activity) and sleep to improve health."

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