Learn Why Sleeping In On The Weekends Could Make You Live Longer
How much sleep do you get every day? Chances are that it’s probably not enough. Most adults get less than seven hours of sleep per night, and more and more adults are even getting less than five hours of sleep. These individuals might not feel tired, but are they aware of the harmful impact this sleep behavior has on your long-term health?
A recent study conducted at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, and Karolinska Institute revealed that adults under the age of 65 years old who get five or fewer hours of sleep every night have a higher risk of death than adults who get six or seven hours of sleep.
Isn’t that a scary statistic? Your lack of sleep greatly affects your health and you might not even be aware of it!
Is there a way to help reverse this? Of course, according to researchers.
How You Can Help
You can now have an excuse to sleep in on the weekends. The study showed that individuals who get five or fewer hours of sleep during the week but choose to get seven or more hours of sleep on the weekend did not have a raised mortality risk. The harmful side effects of sleep deprivation do not apply to these individuals—because they catch up on the sleep they lost during the week.
The days you use to play catch up are refueling your body. Without this essential lifestyle habit, individuals who consistently only get five or fewer hours of sleep are putting themselves at a 65% higher mortality rate.
As study author, Torbjörn Åkerstedt, said, “Sleep duration is important for longevity.”
Don’t Feel Guilty
You no longer have to feel guilty if you sleep in on the weekends; it’s good for you. You’ll live longer, in fact. Your “body clock” needs to be refreshed and those extra hours of sleep perform that essential task.
Keep this in mind: The longer you are awake, the more you need to sleep. So, if your friends say you’re lazy on the weekends, tell them you’re simply taking care of your health.
After all, it’s only the truth.
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