Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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

Sleeping in saves lives Go Ahead and Sleep In This Weekend: New Study Says It'll Make You Live Longer
Johnnie Parks | 28 May, 2018, 14:34

So if you're someone who gets very little sleep during the week, you just need to sleep in during the weekends to make up for it.

Researchers surveyed around 44,000 people in Sweden about their sleep habits, and followed up after 13 years to see who was still alive. Scientists have found out that people under the age of 65 who sleep for five or less hours a day are at an increased risk of premature death compared to those who sleep six or seven hours per day.

"The mortality rate among participants with short sleep during weekdays, but long sleep during weekends, did not differ from the rate of the reference group", the study, published in the Journal of Sleep, said. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night.

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Inadequate sleep has always been proven as a trigger and cause for mental and physical illnesses and even leading to an early death. The results show that among people sleeping 5 hours a day, there is a 65% higher mortality rate.

Interestingly, people who slept too much, regularly hitting the hay for eight hours or longer a night, also had a worse mortality rate. "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.

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. "Perhaps it's giving them hope that this habit is in some way good for them".

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