Getting extra sleep on the weekends could help ease health issues. That’s why people should consider staying in on weekends, this extra sleep could actually reduce the risk of early death, new study says. A recent study conducted on 38,000 adults concluded that those under the age of 65, with chronic sleep deprivation have a higher risk of death when compared to those who actually get six to seven hours of regular sleep.
Accounting for a few other variables like gender, BMI, physical activity, work timings, and smoking habits, the study found that for people under 65, those who got five hours or less sleep for 7 days a week on the regular had a 65% higher mortality rate than people who slept 6-7 hours.
In fact, the study proved that even those who did not really get their daily quota of sleep could regain all the benefits of sleep with extended shut eye in the weekend, up to 8 hours or more. When people got enough sleep, it was found that their mortality risk is not higher than the ones who sleep for 7 hours a day.
The opposite side of the sleep scale is also dangerous, the study found. People who sleep 8 hours or more, seven days a week have a 25% higher mortality rate than those who slept between 6-7 hours a day. Beyond 65, this sleep pattern versus mortality rate link vanishes, the study found. This is because the elderly do seem to get all the sleep they need.
“It fits with what we do know about sleep- that sleep is regulated by the body clock but also regulated by what is called a homeostatic process, which means the longer you are awake the more you need to sleep,”said Stuart Peirson from the University of Oxford.