According to new research, getting extra sleep on the weekend can undo the damage of failing to get enough during the week, ultimately helping you live longer. A new study suggests that sleeping in on your days off can offset a lack of sleep during the work week.
The latest study, published last week in the Journal of Sleep Research, address the association of both weekday and weekend sleep duration with overall mortality.
However, people who slept for short amounts of time during the week, but compensated for it by sleeping in on the weekends, displayed normal rates of mortality.
Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University told CNN he was quite surprised by the findings on sleep during off days. However, those of the same age group who slept for a short amount of time during the week and a longer amount of time over the weekend were recorded as having the same mortality rate as those who consistently hit the hay for six or seven hours a night.
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The study looked at 43,880 people in Sweden, asking them about their sleep habits and following up 13 years later.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults aged 18-60 get at least seven hours of sleep per night.
The effect only applied to those under 65 as the mortality difference disappeared for people who were older. Whether that's going to bed at 8 on a Friday night, sleeping in till 11 on a Saturday morning, or snoozing in the subway on your way to meet friends, do it. Grab that sleep by the horns and don't let go - you may just live longer for it.