Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life, new study finds

29 May, 2018, 15:22 | Author: Homer Porter
  • Sleeping in on the weekend may be one of the healthiest things you can

The Swedish research team, led by Torbjörn Åkerstedt, found - in short - that "long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep".

The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, is based on data from more than 38,000 adults, collected during a lifestyle and medical survey conducted throughout Sweden in 1997.

After a long week of working, most people like to just sleep in all day during the weekends.

Differences between weekend and weekday sleep were most pronounced at a young age. This study was not an experiment, Akerstedt emphasized, and these data can not show that short or long sleep is responsible for higher mortality.

Interestingly, people who slept too much, regularly hitting the hay for eight hours or longer a night, also had a worse mortality rate.

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For people under the age of 65, getting five hours of sleep or less nightly during the week was connected with a 50 percent higher likelihood of death compared to getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. Meaning sleeping in on weekends appears to restore your body.

"We also note that the older participants are "well rested" when they wake up, whereas the younger are definitely not 'well rested.' Our interpretation is that sleep need is reduced with increasing age".

There are few things in life more satisfying than crawling into bed on Friday night knowing you'll get a well-deserved lie-on in the morning. "If you eat OK during the week and you splurge a little on the weekend, you probably aren't hurting your health, but if you eat crap all week, no amount of Brussels sprouts or kale that you eat on the weekends can make up for that", he said.

He thinks a lot of people may relate to sleeping less during the week and, at the very least, may want to have an excuse for sleeping in on their days off. To the authors' credit, he said, they were aware they did not have a fine brush, and accordingly painted a broad outline of sleep habits.

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