Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Sleeping in on weekends could save your life

Sleeping in on the weekend may be one of the healthiest things you can Sleeping in saves lives
| 29 May, 2018, 15:22

Average sleep duration at weekends and the percentage of those saying they did not feel rested at waking, did fall with age.

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.

This study follows previous research, including another sleep study that found that weekend sleep can compensate for missed weekday sleep.

"If somebody is routinely awake for more than 18 hours daily, then they are also routinely sleeping for less than six hours daily", explained Dr. Klerman. Lack of sleep can have dire consequences for your health.

People who got less sleep during the week and slept in on weekends had the same mortality rate as those who get seven hours per night. Among individuals ≥65 years old, no association between weekend sleep or weekday/weekend sleep durations and mortality was observed.


Scientists in the Journal of Sleep Research conducted a study on the sleep patterns of adults.

Researchers took various factors into account, such as gender, education, body mass index, severe disease, use of hypnotics (like sleeping pills, ) as well as things like smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, coffee intake and employment status.

Not in the new study.

So when Saturday morning rolls around, go ahead and turn off your alarm clock - it's for your own good.

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. "If you eat OK during the week and you splurge a little on the weekend, you probably aren't hurting your health, but if you eat crap all week, no amount of Brussels sprouts or kale that you eat on the weekends can make up for that", he said.

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