Sleeping in on weekends could save your life

Sleeping in on weekends could save your life

What we should all really take away from this is one important fact: if you're short on sleep, get more however you can. But channeling your inner cat and sleeping too much can be just as bad for your health, studies have found.

"The mortality rate among participants with short sleep during weekdays, but long sleep during weekends, did not differ from the rate of the reference group", the study, published in the Journal of Sleep, said. Looking at data from 44,000 people in Sweden, they found that people who slept for five or fewer hours per day experienced higher rates of morality than those who slept for six or seven hours per day.

On the flip side, those who slept more than eight hours a night had higher mortality rates as well.

But a professor from the stress Research Institute at Stockholm University says perhaps short sleepers are catching up on some of the sleep they missed on the other days.

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

The study wasn't ideal and had limitations, including study subjects not being observed directly and self-reporting their sleep habits. "It's a fundamental part of our biology, like breathing".

"What happens is, if you are well-rested, your sleep drive will be low in the morning, and it builds and builds over the day, when at night you need to go to bed to relieve that pressure for sleep".

We often hear about how the most successful people wake up early and get a jump start on their day before the sun is up. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?

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