Scientists Say You Should Sleep in Past Noon on the Weekends

Desiree Steele
May 29, 2018

And while it's still probably healthy to get a consistent, long night's rest, this suggests that sleeping in during the weekend is not only ok, but actually encouraged.

Mashable reports that the study analyzed data from over 30,000 different subjects for a period of 13 years, concluding that there's a higher risk of death for people under the age of 65 who sleep less than 5 hours on weekends.

The findings are based on almost 44,000 people in Sweden over a 13-year period.

"They sleep as much during weekdays as during weekends whereas the difference is huge in lower age groups", he explained. They might sleep six hours or slightly less.

Michael Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, who was not involved with this work, warned that sleep is not like a financial transaction.

Previous studies have found a U?shaped relationship between mortality and (weekday) sleep duration.

People younger than 65 who slept for five hours or less every night, all week, did not live as long as those who consistently slept seven hours per night.

"It fits with what we do know about sleep - that sleep is regulated by the body clock but also regulated by what is called a homeostatic process, which means the longer you are awake the more you need to sleep". The take home point is that possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep.

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". Whether that's going to bed at 8 on a Friday night, sleeping in till 11 on a Saturday morning, or snoozing in the subway on your way to meet friends, do it. Grab that sleep by the horns and don't let go - you may just live longer for it.

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