Sleep in this weekend

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"Yes, if you are extremely sleep-deprived during the week, then continuing that over the weekend isn't ideal, and maybe you should think about getting a few more hours".

But before you hit the sack to celebrate, the study also found there can be too much of a good thing. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend".

However there is a higher mortality risk if a person is consistently getting less than five hours sleep or more than nine hours sleep, compared to people who are consistently sleeping around six to seven hours a night throughout the week.

Of the subjects, it was found that people who slept for less than eight hours during the week and weekend had a higher mortality rate.

Researchers from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University examined over 38,000 people from 1997 to 2010.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults aged 18-60 get at least seven hours of sleep per night.

Sleeping for less than six hours was found to hinder the ability of study participants to perform simple tasks, regardless of whether or not they felt rested, due to a lack of focus.

"What happens is, if you are well-rested, your sleep drive will be low in the morning, and it builds and builds over the day, when at night you need to go to bed to relieve that pressure for sleep".

After a week of early starts, most people look forward to having a long lie-in on the weekend and it turns out that by doing so we're actually prolonging our life. Probably. But do I feel somewhat like human being again after two days of sleeping late?

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