Sleeping In On The Weekends Can Help You Live Longer, Study Finds

A new study conducted in Sweded found that people who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young

The researchers also came to the surprising conclusion that regularly having more than eight hours a sleep a night could also be connected with a higher mortality rate.

The authors from Stockholm's Karolinska Institute tracked the sleep of more than 43,000 people for 13 years from 1997.

Their findings stated that those under the age of 65 who had five hours sleep or less at the weekends had a 52 per cent higher mortality rate than those who had six or seven hours sleep.

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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. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night. The individuals were restricted to 4.67 hours of sleep for each 20-hour time period, which is the equivalent to sleeping around 5.5 hours in a 24-hour day. "If you can function on what you get, you are likely getting the right amount of sleep".

The study wasn't flawless and had limitations, including study subjects not being observed directly and self-reporting their sleep habits.

Sleeping for less than six hours was found to hinder the ability of study participants to perform simple tasks, regardless of whether or not they felt rested, due to a lack of focus. The take home point is that possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep. "It's a requirement", said Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. 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. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?

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