Why you must catch up on lost sleep in weekends


Your pets may be pestering you to get up and feed them, and your spouse may want you to get started on that honey-do list, but tell them you're sleeping in this weekend.

What we should all really take away from this is one important fact: if you're short on sleep, get more however you can.

The findings are based on almost 44,000 people in Sweden over a 13-year period.

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However, those who slept five hours or less and then slept in on the weekends, did not have a different mortality rate than normal sleepers.

Researchers from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University examined over 38,000 people from 1997 to 2010. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night. 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 individuals were restricted to 4.67 hours of sleep for each 20-hour time period, which is the equivalent to sleeping around 5.5 hours in a 24-hour day. Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits. There is also no risk of early death. He was not involved in the new study. 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.

So when Saturday morning rolls around, go ahead and turn off your alarm clock - it's for your own good. Torbjörn said it's probably because older people "get the sleep they need".