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Why you must catch up on lost sleep in weekends

Why you must catch up on lost sleep in weekends

According to a study by Swedish and USA researchers, people who are under 65-years-old and get less than five hours sleep on the weekend had an increased risk of death. However, people who slept for less than 5 hours a night during the week could eliminate that increased risk by sleeping for more than 8 hours a night over the weekend. However, those of the same age group who slept for a short amount of time during the week and a longer amount of time over the weekend were recorded as having the same mortality rate as those who consistently hit the hay for six or seven hours a night.

"The assumption in this is that weekend sleep is a catch-up sleep", said Dr Akerstedt, though he noted the study did not prove that to be the case.

Curiously, after the age of 65, there is no relationship between sleep duration and mortality. 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). Science says it may help you live longer, especially if you don't get enough rest during the week. But channeling your inner cat and sleeping too much can be just as bad for your health, studies have found. "Yes, if you are extremely sleep-deprived during the week, then continuing that over the weekend isn't ideal, and maybe you should think about getting a few more hours". They might sleep six hours or slightly less.

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Sleep is something you need to replenish regularly if you don't want to hurt your health. Not in the new study.

A man sleeping in bed Infront of an alarm clock. 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. "Perhaps it's giving them hope that this habit is in some way good for them".


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