Sleeping In On The Weekends Can Help You Live Longer, Study Finds

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"In conclusion, short, but not long, weekend sleep was associated with an increased mortality".

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.

Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits.

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Good news if you were able to slip in some extra Zs this Memorial Day Weekend: A new, 13-year study of sleep habits finds that sleeping in on the weekend can add years to your life.

"The assumption in this is that weekend sleep is a catch-up sleep", said Dr Akerstedt, though he noted the study did not prove that to be the case. But a professor from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University said perhaps short sleepers are catching up on some of the sleep they missed on the other days. This study was not an experiment, Akerstedt emphasized, and these data can not show that short or long sleep is responsible for higher mortality.

The study revealed that participants who were suffering from a lack of sleep had five times more attention lapses and their reaction time was doubled during tests.

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The study found that individuals younger than 65 who slept for fewer than 5 hours per night the entire week faced a 52% higher mortality rate.

Scientists in the Journal of Sleep Research conducted a study on the sleep patterns of adults.

The effect only applied to those under 65 as the mortality difference disappeared for people who were older. 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".

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A man sleeping in bed Infront of an alarm clock. If you don't get enough sleep, you wake up with that sleep pressure and start the day with a higher need for it. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?