Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
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Sleeping in on weekends is good for you

Sleeping in on weekends is good for you

Researchers have carried out a study to determine how lack of sleep during the week and weekend can correspond with an individual's mortality rate.

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", Akerstedt told CNN. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend".

However there is a higher mortality risk if a person is consistently getting less than five hours sleep or more than nine hours sleep, compared to people who are consistently sleeping around six to seven hours a night throughout the week.

The study looked at 43,880 people in Sweden, asking them about their sleep habits and following up 13 years later. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night. That was true only for those under 65; the mortality difference disappeared for people who were older. Short sleepers slept for less than five hours per night, medium sleepers about seven hours and long sleepers for nine or more hours per night.

Not having a sufficient amount of sleep obviously isn't ideal, as it's been linked to having a higher risk of developing conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

A man sleeping in bed Infront of an alarm clock.

So if you're someone who gets very little sleep during the week, you just need to sleep in during the weekends to make up for it. "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.

However, the effect of not sleeping enough during the working days may be at least partially offset during the weekend.

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