Sleeping in on the weekend can compensate for lost sleep, study says

Sleeping in saves lives

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

The scientists discovered that people who slept five hours or fewer during the week, but got over eight hours of rest on the weekends, did not have any increase in their mortality rate.

According to a study by Swedish and USA researchers, people who are under 65-years-old and get less than five hours sleep on the weekend had an increased risk of death.

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 duration of sleep is important for longevity", said Thorbjorn Akersted of the Stress Research Institute in Sweden, quoted by The Guardian.

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

Previous sleep studies asked people to count their hours of sleep for an average night, without distinguishing between workdays and days off.

The study revealed that participants who were suffering from a lack of sleep had five times more attention lapses and their reaction time was doubled during tests.

But before you hit the sack to celebrate, the study also found there can be too much of a good thing. That was true only for those under 65; the mortality difference disappeared for people who were older.

All that said, however, that doesn't mean you should start depriving yourself of sleep during the work week.

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But weekend snoozers lived just as long as the well-slept. He was not involved in the new study.

A man sleeping in bed Infront of an alarm clock.

"It's like with your diet".

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 their days off.

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