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Sleep Catch-Up!!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hot off the presses!! Can you really catch up on the zzzzzzzz's you missed getting during the week? New research suggests that indeed you can despite previous beliefs.

Firstly, it is most important to note that a growing body of research is highlighting the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, with numerous studies showing that a chronic lack of shut-eye can increase your risk of death.

However, there is now some good news! Researchers from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute - Sweden's foremost medical university - examined medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

They found that:

- People under 65 years of age who slept for 5 hours or less on each weekend day were 52% more likely to have died than those who got 7 hours of sleep on each weekend day.

- What was:interesting was that those who had 5 hours or less of sleep per weekday but 7 hours per weekend day did not have a higher risk of death than those who had 7 hours of sleep each and every day.

- By contrast, those who had 5 hours or less of sleep every day had a 65% higher rate of death.

- Of note, sleeping over 8 hours a day was also associated with a 25% higher risk of death.

(Study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, May 2018. onlinelibrary.wi

"The results imply that short (weekday) sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep," the researchers wrote in the study. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality."

The take-away:
*A lie-in over the weekend could counteract the negative effects of short sleeps during the week!.*

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