Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Weekend sleep-ins are good for you

Weekend sleep-ins are good for you

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. "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". Scientists have found out that people under the age of 65 who sleep for five or less hours a day are at an increased risk of premature death compared to those who sleep six or seven hours per day. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend".

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.

Bets are off for people over the age of 65, where there was no link between the amount of sleep and higher risk of death. There is also no risk of early death.

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On the flip side, those who slept more than eight hours a night had higher mortality rates as well. 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. "It's a requirement", said Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson.

"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". Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?

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