January 20, 2019

Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

28 May 2018, 02:29 | Randall Craig

Go Ahead and Sleep In This Weekend: New Study Says It'll Make You Live Longer

Sleeping in saves lives

"Possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep", researchers said.

Researchers in Sweden looked at sleep data covering more than 43,000 people.

It's not so much about being able to store up sleep, but he thinks short sleepers who are changing their habits on the weekends are making up for some of what they lost during the week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults aged 18-60 get at least seven hours of sleep per night.

Bets are off for people over the age of 65, where there was no link between the amount of sleep and higher risk of death.

But people who managed less than five hours each day for a week, then around six to seven hours at the weekend were no more likely to die than those who consistently slept six to seven hours a day over the same period. The results show that among people sleeping 5 hours a day, there is a 65% higher mortality rate.

But before you cancel tomorrow's pre-breakfast workout in favour of some more bed time, it should also be noted that there were some limitations to the study, namely that participants were asked to recall their sleep patterns rather than being actually observed sleeping.

Inadequate sleep has always been proven as a trigger and cause for mental and physical illnesses and even leading to an early death. "It's a requirement", said Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?

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