Sleeping In On Weekends Might Help You Live Longer

CHRISTINE OLSSON  TT

Weekends are my saving grace - I wake up at 4 a.m. during the week, and I have zero qualms about sleeping until 10 on the weekends (or as late as my children allow).

Torbjörn Åkerstedt, professor at the, led the study, in which his team assessed data gathered from a cohort of 43,880 participants over the course of 13 years.

There's no clear-cut answer yet on why sleeping on weekends makes a difference. People who slept too much, regularly conking out for eight hours or longer a night, also had a worse mortality rate.

Previous sleep studies asked people to count their hours of sleep for an average night, without distinguishing between workdays and days off.

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.

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Individuals in the study who slept for fewer than 5 hours per night during the week faced a 52% higher mortality rate; however, those who could get an extra two hours of sleep on the weekends lived just as long as those who consistently slept 7 hours a night during the week.

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

Scientists in the Journal of Sleep Research conducted a study on the sleep patterns of adults.

A man sleeping in bed Infront of an alarm clock.

After a week of early starts, most people look forward to having a long lie-in on the weekend and it turns out that by doing so we're actually prolonging our life. The performance of sleep-deprived individuals was no different among those who reported feeling alert and those who said they felt exhausted.

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