Sleeping in on a Saturday sounds like an appealing idea, but you might want to think twice before spending more time in bed during the weekend. A new study suggests that social jet lag, the act of waking up later during weekends, might lead to health problems and fatigue.
Social jet lag affects our health
Most of us want to enjoy our free time as much as we can, so we engage in social activities, which sometimes might turn out exhausting. Therefore, we experience what is known as social jet lag. We either spend more time out, or just want to take advantage of the fact that we don’t go to work the next day, so we wake up later during weekends.
However, researchers say this might not be the best choice. They found out this behavior might lead to a poorer condition of our health, fatigue, and a worsening of our mood. Also, every extra hour spent sleeping increases your risk of heart disease by 11 percent.
Stick to the same sleeping schedule even during weekends
For the study, researchers interviewed 984 adults and questioned them on their sleeping habits, their dietary habits, and the environment they live in. They discovered that not only the hours spent sleeping, but also sticking to a somehow regular sleeping schedule is vital for our health.
Therefore, researchers advise people to opt for a healthy sleeping schedule, and try to maintain it during weekends. Sierra B. Forbush, research assistant for the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said that this might represent one of the easiest and non-expensive methods to keep heart disease away.
Experts recommend adults to sleep for at least seven hours per night. Also, although it might sound difficult, they should stick to the same schedule even during weekends. This will help them preserve their health and enjoy a long and happy life.
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