Of the subjects, it was found that people who slept for less than eight hours during the week and weekend had a higher mortality rate.
This study relied on people to describe their own sleep habits, which can generate a "mish-mosh", in Lauderdale's view, of "accurate and less accurate information".
Swedish and United States researchers claim that sleeping in on weekends might not be such a bad thing, adding a couple of could of years to our lifespans especially if you don't get enough rest during the other days of the week.
"They sleep as much during weekdays as during weekends whereas the difference is huge in lower age groups", he explained.
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Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a clinical neuroscience professor at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and one of the authors of the paper, said the findings are similar with previous research into sleep duration and the connection to mortality. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend".
However, the effect of short sleeps over a few days may be countered by a later lie-in.
Lack of enough sleep can lead to serious health problems.
However, those who slept five hours or less and then slept in on the weekends, did not have a different mortality rate than normal sleepers.
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"We also note that the older participants are "well rested" when they wake up, whereas the younger are definitely not 'well rested.' Our interpretation is that sleep need is reduced with increasing age". Meaning sleeping in on weekends appears to restore your body. The adults in the study were grouped by sleep duration.
But weekend snoozers lived just as long as the well-slept.
A man sleeping in bed Infront of an alarm clock. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?
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