We’ve gotten accustomed to hearing about the longstanding belief that you can’t make up for lost sleep over the weekend; especially because it a precursor for other diseases as well.
A recent study published in the journal Sleep, however, claims that the total amount of time people spent on sleep is more important than the number of hours of sleep they get on any given night.
Researchers from Stockholm University concluded that people who clocked an average of 5 to 8 hours of sleep every night had lower mortality rates, as compared to people who clocked in sleep outside that range.
If you average five hours or lower of sleep during the week, squeezing in some extra amount of sleep over the weekend may be beneficial, especially if managing a consistent healthy sleep routine over the weekdays is a challenge.
“It seems like you actually can compensate by catching up on sleep during weekends,” the study’s lead author, Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a biological psychology professor at the Center for Stress Research at Stockholm University told Business Insider. “This is in effect an argument for lazing around all weekend.”
“There probably is an upper limit,” Åkerstedt said, “but it’s anyway better to increase (hours spent sleeping) on the weekend rather than not doing it at all.”
This is no way refutes the fact that sticking to sleep schedule is still the ideal way to clock in your sleep hours for the week.
News credit : Indiatimes