Sleeping In On The Weekend Is Good For Your Health, Study Says

  • Sleeping In On The Weekend Is Good For Your Health, Study Says

Sleeping In On The Weekend Is Good For Your Health, Study Says

Sleep expert Michael Grandner explains it this way: Most people who are considered "short sleepers" are probably just shy of getting seven hours. So I take the opportunity at weekends to catch up on my shut-eye - I rarely set an alarm and tend to wake up when my body wants to. This is because the elderly do seem to get all the sleep they need. "You can't accumulate a debt and pay it off at a later point in time".

Researchers examined data from almost 44,000 people who took part in a 1997 Swedish medical survey - and then tracked how many died within the next 13 years.

The study, which was published on the Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of death.

The researchers found that people ages 65 and under who slept 5 hours or less a night had a 65 percent higher risk of death during the 13-year study period than those who got 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night. They are the ones who can compensate with longer rest on the weekends, because there is not as much of a deficit.

The groups were then subdivided based on how their weekday sleep habits compared with their weekend habits.

"Possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep". A new study suggests that sleeping in on your days off can offset a lack of sleep during the work week.

In a previous interview with Business Insider, Elise Facer-Childs, a research fellow at the University of Birmingham, said that the more regular your sleep, the better. Otherwise, you can experience something called "social jet lag", the misalignment between social and biological time.

"The sleep guru", hypnotherapist Anandi suggests lying on your back and putting your legs up a wall to help you drift off.

She added that the most important thing is the timing of sleep.

But a few extra winks this weekend? You're basically jet-lagged.

The magic number? Eight or more hours of sleep on weekends is what you'll need if you plan to catchup on those lost hours from averaging five hours or less during the week. There's also evidence that sleep deprivation can contribute to a lower sex drive, reduced fertility, and generally poorer mental well-being.