Scientists Say You Should Sleep in Past Noon on the Weekends

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	Study Sleeping in on the weekend can add years to your life	 
      By Ladders News

Sleep Study Sleeping in on the weekend can add years to your life By Ladders News

Their findings stated that those under the age of 65 who had five hours sleep or less at the weekends had a 52 per cent higher mortality rate than those who had six or seven hours sleep.

The study looked at 43,880 people in Sweden, asking them about their sleep habits and following up 13 years later.

"It fits with what we do know about sleep - that sleep is regulated by the body clock but also regulated by what is called a homeostatic process, which means the longer you are awake the more you need to sleep".

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 sleepers.

The research found that individuals who managed just a few hours' sleep each day during the week but then had a long snooze at weekends had no raised mortality risk, compared with those who consistently stuck to six or seven hours a night.

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

"This is in effect an argument for lazing around all weekend". Among individuals ≥65 years old, no association between weekend sleep or weekday/weekend sleep durations and mortality was observed.

The scientific jury is still out on why too much sleep is associated with an uptick in mortality rates.

Previous sleep studies asked people to count their hours of sleep for an average night, without distinguishing between workdays and days off. The adults in the study were grouped by sleep duration.

Not in the new study.

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. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late? "Perhaps it's giving them hope that this habit is in some way good for them".

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