Sleeping in on weekends could save your life

Sleeping in saves lives

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.

Researchers say you shouldn't feel guilty about catching up on your Z's.

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.

It followed 43,000 people over the course of 13 years.

"The mortality rate among participants with short sleep during weekdays, but long sleep during weekends, did not differ from the rate of the reference group", a section of the research read. We can't deposit zzzs over the weekend and expect to cash them out later.

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Epidemiologist and cardiovascular doctor Franco Cappuccio at the University of Warwick in England, also not a member of the research team, said that the study "looks good" but that the authors missed a trick: "a full explanation of the possibility of daytime napping".

This new study is actually fairly revolutionary when it comes to sleep sciences. Short sleepers slept for less than five hours per night, medium sleepers about seven hours and long sleepers for nine or more hours per night. People in their late teens and 20s slept on average for seven hours a night during the week but 8.5 hours on days off. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality".

But channeling your inner cat and sleeping too much can be just as bad for your health, studies have found.

Self-reporting may be considered a limitation of the study, but researchers note it's a practical way to accumulate large-scale data. Torbjörn said it's probably because older people "get the sleep they need". "What's more un-American than unproductive time?"

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