Scientists Say You Should Sleep in Past Noon on the Weekends

Scientists Say You Should Sleep in Past Noon on the Weekends

Don't feel so guilty next time you sleep in at the weekend - it could be prolonging your life.

Researchers from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University examined over 38,000 people from 1997 to 2010.

Those involved with the data say when people who get less sleep during the week slept in on weekends, their mortality rate was the same as those who get seven-hours per night. The researchers also found that people who slept for eight hours or more every day had a 25% higher mortality rate compared to those who managed six or seven hours a night.

The study followed the sleep habits of 43,880 subjects over the course of 13 years.

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But when the short sleepers slept in on the weekends, their mortality rate did not differ from that of the consistent seven-hour-a-night-ers. The results show that among people sleeping 5 hours a day, there is a 65% higher mortality rate. What is your average amount of sleep per week? "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".

The study wasn't flawless and had limitations, including study subjects not being observed directly and self-reporting their sleep habits. The performance of sleep-deprived individuals was no different among those who reported feeling alert and those who said they felt exhausted. They are the ones who can compensate with longer rest on the weekends, because there is not as much of a deficit.

"What happens is, if you are well-rested, your sleep drive will be low in the morning, and it builds and builds over the day, when at night you need to go to bed to relieve that pressure for sleep".

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