People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young

People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young

People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young

A recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital has confirmed that sleep deprivation negatively impacts your work performance even when you do not feel exhausted.

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.

There is no clear answer yet on why sleeping on weekends makes a difference.

"The duration of sleep is important for longevity", said Thorbjorn Akersted of the Stress Research Institute in Sweden, quoted by The Guardian. The study's authors followed 38,015 survey participants over 13 years to track their mortality rates.

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The researchers tried to account for the usual gremlins that influence sleep: alcohol consumption, coffee intake, naps, smoking, shift work and similar factors, and used statistical methods to control for their effect. Short sleepers slept for less than five hours per night. The results show that among people sleeping 5 hours a day, there is a 65% higher mortality rate. "Sleeping less than seven hours per night on a regular basis is associated with adverse health outcomes", the academy wrote in a consensus statement. Monday was found to be the day of the week when people feel the least energetic.

It's not so much about being able to store up sleep, but he thinks short sleepers who are changing their habits on the weekends are making up for some of what they lost during the week. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality".

Self-reporting may be considered a limitation of the study, but researchers note it's a practical way to accumulate large-scale data. Torbjörn said it's probably because older people "get the sleep they need".

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