Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those of us who don't get almost enough rest during the workweek.

Good news if you were able to slip in some extra Zs this Memorial Day Weekend: A new, 13-year study of sleep habits finds that sleeping in on the weekend can add years to your life.

Differences between weekend and weekday sleep were most pronounced at a young age.

"The duration of sleep is important for longevity", said Thorbjorn Akersted of the Stress Research Institute in Sweden, quoted by The Guardian. They might sleep six hours or slightly less.

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"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".

Short sleepers under age 65 who slept for an average of five hours or fewer during the week and then slept for at least eight hours on the weekend did not have an increased risk of death compared to the adults who slept six to seven hours per night, researchers found. They are the ones who can compensate with longer rest on the weekends, because there is not as much of a deficit.

However, research has often overlooked what happens on your days off, said sleep researcher Torbjörn Åkerstedt, co-author of a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research. Whether that's going to bed at 8 on a Friday night, sleeping in till 11 on a Saturday morning, or snoozing in the subway on your way to meet friends, do it. Grab that sleep by the horns and don't let go - you may just live longer for it. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late? The performance of sleep-deprived individuals was no different among those who reported feeling alert and those who said they felt exhausted.

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