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

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How much sleep do you get during the week versus the weekend?

The study, led by Torbjörn Åkerstedt, the director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, tracked more than 43,000 people over a span of 13 years. Now, a new study suggests a solution: You can actually "catch up" on the health benefits of sleep you missed during the week over the weekend.

"The mortality rate among participants with short sleep during weekdays, but long sleep during weekends, did not differ from the rate of the reference group", a section of the research read.

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"If somebody is routinely awake for more than 18 hours daily, then they are also routinely sleeping for less than six hours daily", explained Dr. Klerman. The findings showed that people who slept for short amounts of time during the week and the weekend had a 52% increased rate of mortality.

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

Researchers took various factors into account which affect mortality, such as gender, education, body mass index, severe disease, use of hypnotics (like sleeping pills, ) plus things like smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, coffee intake and employment status. Possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep.

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Not in the new study. 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.

We often hear about how the most successful people wake up early and get a jump start on their day before the sun is up. Monday was found to be the day of the week when people feel the least energetic.

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