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Science is basically telling you to lie-in this weekend

Science is basically telling you to lie-in this weekend

A recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital has confirmed that sleep deprivation negatively impacts your work performance even when you do not feel exhausted.

Researchers say getting more sleep on Saturday and Sunday morning may extend your life.

The study looked at the sleeping habits of 43,880 people in Sweden by asking about their habits and then following up with them 13 years later to compare results.

After a long week of working, most people like to just sleep in all day during the weekends.

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", said Åkerstedt, a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. However, those of the same age group who slept for a short amount of time during the week and a longer amount of time over the weekend were recorded as having the same mortality rate as those who consistently hit the hay for six or seven hours a night.

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But when the short sleepers slept in on the weekends, their mortality rate did not differ from that of the consistent seven-hour-a-night-ers.

The team pointed out that they only assessed individuals aged 65 or under, not bearing the sleeping habits and mortality rates of those older in mind.

But before you cancel tomorrow's pre-breakfast workout in favour of some more bed time, it should also be noted that there were some limitations to the study, namely that participants were asked to recall their sleep patterns rather than being actually observed sleeping. There is also no risk of early death. "It's a fundamental part of our biology, like breathing".

"I think people like the idea that you can compensate for lost sleep", Åkerstedt said.