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Here’s the problem: being lazy will kill you. But so will not sleeping. From the LA Times:
…a new study says that spending too much time in a chair and depriving yourself of necessary sleep should join a short list of behaviors known to increase your risk of premature death.
Sitting, and then not sleeping enough, is sort of my entire lifestyle. But in 2016, that’s going to stop. I hope.
[S]moking was the most dangerous single risk factor among the six studied — the small number of people for whom smoking was their only vice were 90% more likely to die during the course of the study than were people with practiced clean living across the board. People who reported high alcohol consumption — more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week — as their sole risk factor did not seem to be putting their lives in danger. But for those who combined heavy drinking with smoking, the risk of premature death was nearly tripled. And when lack of sleep was added to the mix, the odds of an early death were nearly five times greater — even though lack of sleep by itself had only a slight effect on mortality.
Okay, I’m never going to give up my wine. Or my old fashioneds. Or my cigars. So I guess 2016, for me, is going to be the Year of the Full Night of Sleep. Or not, because apparently that can kill you too:
Some combinations were more deadly than others, the researchers found. Those who blended insufficient exercise with prolonged sitting were 2.42 times more likely to die during the study, and those who were also guilty of sleeping for too many hours were 4.23 times more likely die by the time the study ended.
So, the study proves this: everything is going to kill you. Which means that my resolution for 2016 is pretty much worthless and I should abandon it now.
Which was sort of my goal all along.Published in