Researchers at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute - which is Sweden's most acclaimed medical university - have published a new study that links sleeping in on the weekend to living a regular lifespan. But without making up for lost sleep during the week, those only getting five hours of fewer during the week did not live as long as people who consistently slept seven hours each night.
They found that people who regularly slept about five hours or less a night, including on weekends, saw a higher mortality rate compared with those who regularly got seven hours.
Following on from last year's claims that enjoying a weekend lie-in can make us cleverer and have a positive impact on our waistline, there's now even more reason to stay in bed this Saturday. 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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Of the subjects, it was found that people who slept for less than eight hours during the week and weekend had a higher mortality rate. Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your 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. They are the ones who can compensate with longer rest on the weekends, because there is not as much of a deficit. "It's a fundamental part of our biology, like breathing".
He thinks a lot of people may relate to sleeping less during the week and, at the very least, may want to have an excuse for sleeping in on their days off.