Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life

29 May, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Sleeping in saves lives

Weekends are my saving grace - I wake up at 4 a.m. during the week, and I have zero qualms about sleeping until 10 on the weekends (or as late as my children allow).

People who get too little sleep are at a significantly greater risk of dying early compared to those who are well-rested.

The findings are based on almost 44,000 people in Sweden over a 13-year period.

If you love sleeping in on the weekends, you're not alone.

Epidemiologists who spoke with The Washington Post described the result as a plausible finding, if not a statistically robust one, that deserves more investigation.


Additionally, the sleep deprivation did not affect subjects who were over 65 years old - which means that thousands of middle-aged adults are being negatively affected by lack of sleep. We can't deposit zzzs over the weekend and expect to cash them out later.

Torbjörn Åkerstedt, professor at the, led the study, in which his team assessed data gathered from a cohort of 43,880 participants over the course of 13 years.

Researchers took various factors into account which affect mortality, such as gender, education, body mass index, severe disease, use of hypnotics (like sleeping pills, ) plus things like smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, coffee intake and employment status.

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 their days off.

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". To the authors' credit, he said, they were aware they did not have a fine brush, and accordingly painted a broad outline of sleep habits.

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