A study by Swedish and American researchers shows that people under the age of 65 who get less than five hours of sleep during weekends have an increased risk of death.
The study followed over 30,000 people over a 13-year period and the results were published in the Journal of Sleep Research. But if you get less than five hours of sleep per night during your busy week, don’t fret. Catching up on sleep during the weekends can help you offset these risks. Keep in mind that getting more than 9 hours of sleep each night can also be harmful. It’s best to shoot for 6-7 when you lay down for the evening.
But these scientific findings don’t affect people over the age of 65. The researchers note that most people at or above retirement age get an equal amount of sleep during the week and the weekends.
Bottom line: if you’ve had a long week, sleep a couple of extra hours on Saturday and Sunday. Your body will thank you for it.