How many weekends have we been woken up rudely, with reminders of the elevation of the noon sun in the sky? We may have hoped to lie-in till late, and slept with so much enthusiasm, without an alarm or snooze. And yet, someone or the other will bother you, as if they are jealous of your ability to sleep.
But now, you can answer them with scientific proof, that sleeping less can actually increase your chances of dying. The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, is based on data from more than 38,000 adults, collected during a lifestyle and medical survey conducted throughout Sweden in 1997. The fate of participants was followed for up to 13 years, using a national death register.
Now, the results have come in, and they show that catching up with the hours of necessary sleep on weekends can actually improve your longevity. The results revealed that those under the age of 65 who got five hours of sleep or under that amount seven days a week had a 65% higher mortality rate than those getting six or seven hours’ sleep every day. But there was no increased risk of death for those who slept five or fewer hours during the week but then managed eight or more hours’ sleep on weekend days.
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The effect of short sleeps over a few days may be countered by a later lie-in. So, now you can arm yourself with science to show those trying to wake you up that you need the sleep to save your life.
Especially on weekends, when there is so much pressure to do something cool and post updates of a happening weekend on social media. Friends go on trips, or movies or party late nights, and you may face FOMO. But now you can rest assured that you are taking the wiser choice by being lazy on weekends. There is no harm in spending the day in PJs, or lying in bed till afternoon.
As long as you are feeling healthy and happy, a few hours of nothingness on weekends might actually be good for you.