Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

May 28, 2018, 03:34
Long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep

Akerstedt went on to say that seven hours of sleep a night isn't a strict rule, as each person has different sleep needs based on their individual health.

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

Inadequate sleep has always been proven as a trigger and cause for mental and physical illnesses and even leading to an early death.

Researchers have carried out a study to determine how lack of sleep during the week and weekend can correspond with an individual's mortality rate.

However, according to a recent study, enjoying some much-needed shut-eye over the could have the potential to counteract the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation during the week.

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

For people over 65-years-old there is no link between sleep duration and a heightened risk of death.

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", said Åkerstedt, a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. However, they also found that people who slept for five or fewer hours during the work week and then increased the amount they slept during the weekends experienced the same levels of mortality as people who had healthy sleep schedules throughout the entire week.

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.

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