Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life

Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life

But people who managed less than five hours each day for a week, then around six to seven hours at the weekend were no more likely to die than those who consistently slept six to seven hours a day over the same period.

Researchers say you shouldn't feel guilty about catching up on your Z's.

Researchers in Sweden looked at sleep data covering more than 43,000 people.

The study has its limitations, as participants were asked to recall their sleep patterns rather than being observed sleeping, but Åkerstedt has an idea about what might be driving this difference in mortality.

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

A recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital has confirmed that sleep deprivation negatively impacts your work performance even when you do not feel exhausted.

And could even help you live longer. But channeling your inner cat and sleeping too much can be just as bad for your health, studies have found. "If you can function on what you get, you are likely getting the right amount of sleep". They might sleep six hours or slightly less. Not in the new study.

At the time, that study's lead author, the same Torbjörn Åkersted, said that you could put the findings of his study into practice. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality".

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. 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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