A weekend lie-in is a life-save

A weekend lie-in is a life-save

Inadequate sleep has always been proven as a trigger and cause for mental and physical illnesses and even leading to an early death.

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).

Can you really "catch up" on your sleep by staying in bed on the weekends? The groups were again divided and paired by weekday and weekend sleep habits. The study also demonstrates that sleeping too much or too little heightens our risk of death; if people sleep less than 5 hours or if they sleep over 9 hours per night then they're at a higher risk of death than people who sleep between 6 to 7 hours per night.

Those aged 65 or under who slept five hours or less each day were around 25 % more likely to die than those who snoozed through six to seven hours.

Researchers set out to find out how lack of sleep during the week and weekend might impact on a person's mortality rate.

Sleeping in saves lives

"Short sleep (or long sleep) on both weekdays and weekend showed increased mortality".

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", said Åkerstedt.

On the flip side, those who slept more than eight hours a night had higher mortality rates as well. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night.

The study considered factors such as sex, weight, physical activity, smoking, stress at work. The take home point is that possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep.

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