Researchers have found that adults under the age of 65 who get five or fewer hours of sleep for seven days a week have a higher risk of death than those who consistently get six or seven hours of shut-eye.
A new study has found if you don't get enough during the week, a Sunday sleep-in could be what keeps you living to a ripe old age.
"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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Dr Akerstedt said researchers had previously looked at links between sleep duration and mortality but had focused on sleep during the working week.
Average sleep duration at weekends and the percentage of those saying they did not feel rested at waking, did fall with age. The individuals were restricted to 4.67 hours of sleep for each 20-hour time period, which is the equivalent to sleeping around 5.5 hours in a 24-hour day. This study was not an experiment, Akerstedt emphasized, and these data can not show that short or long sleep is responsible for higher mortality. Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits. 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.
He said: "You can't keep burning the candle at both ends". He thinks a lot of people may relate to sleeping less during the week and, at the very least, may want to have an excuse for sleeping in on our days off. "Perhaps it's giving them hope that this habit is in some way good for them".