Sleeping In On Weekends Might Help You Live Longer

Randy Kelley
May 29, 2018

Researchers have found that adults under the age of 65 who get five or fewer hours of sleep for seven days a week have a higher risk of death than those who consistently get six or seven hours of shut-eye.

There's no clear-cut answer yet on why sleeping on weekends makes a difference.

The study followed the sleep habits of 43,880 subjects over the course of 13 years. We here address the association of both weekday and weekend sleep duration with overall mortality. The groups were again divided and paired by weekday and weekend sleep habits.

People who got less sleep during the week and slept in on weekends had the same mortality rate as those who get seven hours per night.

Results showed that people who get less that five hours sleep throughout the week, but enjoyed some extra shut-eye on the weekends, had no heightened mortality risk. "Among individuals ≥65 years old, no association between weekend sleep or weekday/weekend sleep durations and mortality was observed".

At the time, that study's lead author, the same Torbjörn Åkersted, said that you could put the findings of his study into practice.

"This is in effect an argument for lazing around all weekend".

Dr Akerstedt said researchers had previously looked at links between sleep duration and mortality but had focused on sleep during the working week.

"If somebody is routinely awake for more than 18 hours daily, then they are also routinely sleeping for less than six hours daily", explained Dr. Klerman. Possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep.

Sleep is something you need to replenish regularly if you don't want to hurt your health.

So when Saturday morning rolls around, go ahead and turn off your alarm clock - it's for your own good. Monday was found to be the day of the week when people feel the least energetic.

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