Sleeping more on weekends may prove harmful for your overall health

Kathleen Mckinney
June 7, 2017

"So they're exhausted on the weekends, they may try to think that they can make that up on the weekends and in reality they can make the hours up but they can't make up the physiological damage that has occurred because of being deprived of sleep".

Analysts also revealed that the condition could increase the risk of heart disease, with each additional hour of social jet lag raising the chances by 11 percent.

Forbush and colleagues studied 984 people aged 22 to 60 who took part in a community-based sleep survey, Sleep and Healthy Activity, Diet, Environment, and Socialization (SHADES), conducted at the University of Pennsylvania.

"These results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health", the researchers noted.

She adds, "This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and low-priced preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems".

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine staff says that adults should be sleeping at least 7 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

This "social jet lag" has made the news earlier as well.

Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD, from the Sleep Research & Treatment Center, Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, told Medscape Medical News Monday that risk for death associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cerebrovascular disease (CBV) is significantly increased in adults who get fewer than six hours of sleep a night.

Several studies over the past few years have shown a link between sleep deprivation and heart diseases.

"Social jet lag" is a term that describes what happens when people go to sleep and wake up later on weekends than they do during the week.

Some of the previously conducted studies note that loss of sleep incurred during the week can not be compensated by sleeping for longer time over the weekend.

Overall health was self-reported using a standardised scale, and survey questions also assessed sleep duration, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, fatigue and sleepiness. They were also 22 percent more likely to rate their overall health as good, not excellent, and 28 percent more likely to rate it as poor. The effects are not dependent on insomnia signs or sleep period, which are also linked to social jet lag.

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