Indulging in a Weekend Lie-In Could Help You Live Longer, Study Shows

The weekend has come and gone, and you’re probably sitting at your desk or on the bus right now reminiscing over that oh-so lovely lie-in you indulged in on Sunday morning.

Though it might have made it harder to pull yourself out of bed on Monday morning, there’s no need to feel guilty, in fact a lie-in could help you live longer.

A large Swedish study, examining the data of roughly 43,000 participants, looked into the ways in which a person’s age and sleep can impact their longevity.

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The researchers found that those aged 65 or under were the most affected by how much sleep they go

It was concluded that those who had an average of less than five hours’ sleep per night had a higher likelihood of early death.

The most important result however was that researchers said that it is possible to bring up your average sleep time, and in turn increase your chances of living a longer life, by compensating for any week-day sleep loss with weekend lie-ins.

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Torbjörn Åkerstedt, lead researcher, said:”It seems like you actually can compensate by catching up on sleep during weekends.

This is in effect an argument for lazing around all weekend… There probably is an upper limit, but it’s anyway better to increase [sleep hours] on the weekend rather than not doing it at all.”

So, if you didn’t manage to get to bed on time during the week treating yourself to a weekend lie-in is probably something you really should schedulge in – well, if the doctos insists…


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