Sleeping in on weekends could extend your life

Henrietta Brewer
May 28, 2018

There is also no risk of early death. The adults in the study were grouped by sleep duration.

The latest study, published last week in the Journal of Sleep Research, address the association of both weekday and weekend sleep duration with overall mortality.

The study found that people who sleep five hours or less per night including the weekends had higher mortality rates.

If you've been struggling with sleep deprivation throughout your work week, then don't feel bad about sleeping in this weekend - a new study says that it'll make you live longer. However, those who catch up with sleep during the weekends and for that period sleep for 8 hours or more per day do not have an increased risk of premature death.

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.

Researchers took various factors into account, such as gender, education, body mass index, severe disease, use of hypnotics (like sleeping pills, ) as well as things like smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, coffee intake and employment status.

The researchers also came to the surprising conclusion that regularly having more than eight hours a sleep a night could also be connected with a higher mortality rate. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality".

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.

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