People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young

People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young

If you love sleeping in on the weekends, you're not alone.

However, the effect of short sleeps over a few days may be countered by a later lie-in.

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", said Åkerstedt, a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University.

Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits. A cohort of 43,880 subjects was followed for 13 years through record?linkages. "I suspected there might be some modification if you included also weekend sleep, or day-off sleep".

However there is a higher mortality risk if a person is consistently getting less than five hours sleep or more than nine hours sleep, compared to people who are consistently sleeping around six to seven hours a night throughout the week. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend".

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Differences between weekend and weekday sleep were most pronounced at a young age.

The study also found that the link between sleep patterns and mortality disappeared for those aged 65 or older. We here address the association of both weekday and weekend sleep duration with overall mortality.

However, research has often overlooked what happens on your days off, said sleep researcher Torbjörn Åkerstedt, co-author of a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

The study wasn't flawless and had limitations, including study subjects not being observed directly and self-reporting their sleep habits.

Researchers took various factors into account, such as gender, education, body mass index, severe disease, use of hypnotics (like sleeping pills, ) as well as things like smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, coffee intake and employment status.

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