Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

Weekends are my saving grace - I wake up at 4 a.m. during the week, and I have zero qualms about sleeping until 10 on the weekends (or as late as my children allow).

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.

Past studies really only looked at sleep patterns during the week, and recommended that people change their sleeping habits gradually over time. Looking at data from 44,000 people in Sweden, they found that people who slept for five or fewer hours per day experienced higher rates of morality than those who slept for six or seven hours per day.

However, the effect of not sleeping enough during the working days may be at least partially offset during the weekend.

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Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University told CNN he was quite surprised by the findings on sleep during off days.

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. "If you can function on what you get, you are likely getting the right amount of sleep", Åkerstedt noted.

But people who became sleep-deprived during the week and then slept in on weekends lived just as long as those who consistently got enough sleep. For over-65s, no link was found between the hours slept and the risk of death. He was not involved in the new study.

"It's like with your diet". "Perhaps it's giving them hope that this habit is in some way good for them".

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