Weekend sleep-ins are good for you

29 May, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Sleeping in saves lives

Of the subjects, it was found that people who slept for less than eight hours during the week and weekend had a higher mortality rate.

According to a study by Swedish and United States researchers, people under 65-years-old are at greater risk of death if they get less than five hours sleep on the weekends.

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

"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.

Epidemiologists who spoke with The Washington Post described the result as a plausible finding, if not a statistically robust one, that deserves more investigation. The fate of participants was followed for up to 13 years, using a national death register.

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The researchers tried to account for the usual gremlins that influence sleep: alcohol consumption, coffee intake, naps, smoking, shift work and similar factors, and used statistical methods to control for their effect.

But before you hit the sack to celebrate, the study also found there can be too much of a good thing. Long sleepers, per the new study, snoozed for nine or more hours. That was compared to those who slept seven hours a night.

However, people who slept for eight or more hours, seven days a week, were found to have a 25 per cent higher mortality rate compared with those who kept to six or seven hours a day.

"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. In the same age group, short sleep (or long sleep) on both weekdays and weekend showed increased mortality. It is otherwise impractical to accumulate data at such a scale. Torbjörn said it's probably because older people "get the sleep they need".

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