Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life, new study finds

Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life, new study finds

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", said Åkerstedt.

People who only get less than five hours of sleep a night throughout the week, but then have a longer snooze on the weekends, had no heightened mortality risk.

It followed 43,000 people over the course of 13 years. Now, there is hope in the form of a new research finding from Stockholm University's Stress Research Institute that compensating for missed sleep on the weekends really does work and can even lengthen your life.

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The new study, published this week in the Journal of Sleep Research, focused on the impact of weekend sleep versus weekday sleep. In the same age group, short sleep (or long sleep) on both weekdays and weekend showed increased mortality.

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

"We also note that the older participants are "well rested" when they wake up, whereas the younger are definitely not 'well rested.' Our interpretation is that sleep need is reduced with increasing age". The adults in the study were grouped by sleep duration.

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When, instead, different combinations of weekday and weekend sleep durations were analysed, we observed a detrimental association with consistently sleeping ≤5 hr (hazard ratios 1.65; 95% confidence intervals 1.22-2.23) or ≥8 hr (hazard ratios 1.25; 95% confidence intervals 1.05-1.50), compared with consistently sleeping 6-7 hr per day (reference).

Interestingly, people who slept too much, regularly hitting the hay for eight hours or longer a night, also had a worse mortality rate. "If you eat OK during the week and you splurge a little on the weekend, you probably aren't hurting your health, but if you eat crap all week, no amount of Brussels sprouts or kale that you eat on the weekends can make up for that", he said. Monday was found to be the day of the week when people feel the least energetic.

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