Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Sleeping in on weekends could save your life

Sleeping in saves lives Go Ahead and Sleep In This Weekend: New Study Says It'll Make You Live Longer
Delia Stanley | 29 May, 2018, 15:24

Weekends are my saving grace - I wake up at 4 a.m. during the week, and I have zero qualms about sleeping until 10 on the weekends (or as late as my children allow).

Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits.

The study looked at the sleeping habits of 43,880 people in Sweden by asking about their habits and then following up with them 13 years later to compare results.

This study follows previous research, including another sleep study that found that weekend sleep can compensate for missed weekday sleep.

However, the effect of short sleeps over a few days may be countered by a later lie-in. Weekend snoozers, the data showed, live just as long as those who slept enough during the week.

The study also found that the link between sleep patterns and mortality disappeared for those aged 65 or older.

People who got less sleep during the week and slept in on weekends had the same mortality rate as those who get seven hours per night. This peek at weekend slumber fills in an "overlooked" gap in sleep science, Akerstedt said. "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.

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.

"It's like with your diet". 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 our days off. The performance of sleep-deprived individuals was no different among those who reported feeling alert and those who said they felt exhausted.

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