Sleeping more on weekends doesn't make up for sleep loss.
A new study reports that sleeping in on weekends does not reverse the damage caused for lost sleep*. This is especially bad news since, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one-third of all adults in the US do not get the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night.
"When we regularly get insufficient sleep on weeknights, many of us hope to repay our sleep debt by sleeping late on weekends. A study that featured last year in the Journal of Sleep Research suggested that this practice can be very beneficial in maintaining our health.
However, a new study, the findings of which appear in Current Biology, contradicts this conclusion. This new research indicates that weekend lie-ins are not, in fact, enough to reverse the damage that sleep loss during the week causes."
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