Researchers say you shouldn't feel guilty about catching up on your Z's.
The study found that people who sleep five hours or less per night including the weekends had higher mortality rates.
The research found that individuals who managed just a few hours' sleep each day during the week but then had a long snooze at weekends had no raised mortality risk, compared with those who consistently stuck to six or seven hours a night.
There's no clear-cut answer yet on why sleeping on weekends makes a difference. People who slept too much, regularly conking out for eight hours or longer a night, also had a worse mortality rate.
Curiously, after the age of 65, there is no relationship between sleep duration and mortality.
Researchers set out to find out how lack of sleep during the week and weekend might impact on a person's mortality rate. "Well, you can, but you won't live as long".
Many people complain they do not get enough sleep, and it seems they are right to be concerned. He was not involved in the new study. 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 suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality". Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits.
There are few things in life more satisfying than crawling into bed on Friday night knowing you'll get a well-deserved lie-on in the morning.
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. "Perhaps it's giving them hope that this habit is in some way good for them".