The scientists followed up evidence taken from over 475,000 participants from eight different countries including Japan, the USA, Sweden and the UK.
From analysing the data they found that the majority of individuals need between six and eight hours of sleep in order to maintain good health.
Professor Cappuccio and Dr Michelle Miller, from the University of Warwick were responsible for conducting the research and found that sleeping less than six hours per night and having disturbed sleep can put individuals at a 48 per cent greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 per cent increased risk of developing or dying from a stoke.
“Chronic short sleep produces hormones and chemicals in the body which increase the risk of developing heart disease and strokes, and other conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.” said Dr Miller.
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