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Source: Thailand Medical News  Sep 29, 2019  4 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 5 hours, 23 minutes ago

Sleeping In On A Sunday Might Be Healthy After All

Sleeping In On A Sunday Might Be Healthy After All
Source: Thailand Medical News  Sep 29, 2019  4 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 5 hours, 23 minutes ago

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New sleep research suggests sleeping in on weekends might be a good idea after all, but medical researchers still insists that a consistent sleep schedule is still best healthiest option.
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In the current day and age, many of us are not sleeping as much as we should: We stay up late, working late or studying (or streaming the midnight Netflix or the must have networking events at the pubs!), but are still forced to wake up early, thanks to all of those living obligations like work and school and yoga class first thing in the morning. So when the weekend rolls around, it can be tempting to sleep in, in an attempt to catch up on all those lost hours. (just do not forget to get up to get up and check out the latest updates on Thailand Medical news and all our other websites.)
 
Many are asking, does catching up on this so-called sleep debt really help one’s body? A new study suggests that it might but experts still say you should not make a habit of it.
 
Sleep doctors have long preached the importance of getting a full night’s sleep which, for most adults, is somewhere between seven and nine hours a night. Studies show that when people consistently get less than six, it can negatively affect their health, including their metabolism and their cardiovascular system. Even temporary periods of short sleep can lead to impairments in mood and concentration levels.
 
One recent study, for example, found that when people got less than six hours of sleep a night, they had trouble completing basic tasks: They had a fivefold increase in attention lapses and their reaction time nearly doubled, compared with people who slept seven or more hours, even when they didn’t feel tired or realize that their performance was suffering.
 

Sleep Research Supports Weekend Catch-ups

 
A Swedish medical study published in the Journal of Sleep Research in 2018,  provides a ray of hope that maybe some of these negative effects can be made up for by getting extra sleep over the weekend. The study followed more than 43,000 adults in Sweden for 13 years and compared death rates in that time period with participants’ self-reported sleep habits.
 
The medical researchers found that adults younger than 65 who consistently slept five or fewer hours were 65% more likely to die early than those who slept six to seven hours a night on average. (Sleeping eight or more hours a night was also associated with an increased risk, of 25%.)
 
However those who reported short sleep during the week and long sleep on the weekends seemed protected: Despite skimping on shuteye Sunday through Thursday nights, they had no increased mortality risk compared to those who consistently got six to seven hours.
 
Lead author Dr Torbjorn Akerstedt, a professor of psychology at the Karolinska Institute commented in a phone interview with Thailand Medical News “It seems that weekday short sleep may be forgiven by weekend compensation,” In other words, he says, it may be healthier in the long run to catch up on lost sleep over the weekend than to keep a shortened sleep schedule all seven days.
 
Some medical experts however warn