You know I’m always excited when I get to put a health myth to rest.
And this is especially good to know as the weekend approaches…
It has to do with sleep.
I’m sure you’ve heard it. You can’t catch up on sleep.
What doctors mean when they say this is you can’t go with less sleep one night and then get more the next night and expect it to all balance out. So the myth goes.
Sleep is important. Really important to your health. That much is true.
So you have a choice.
You can go to bed and get up at the same time every day — even if it means missing out on something special, like late-night stargazing with the grandkids or treating your spouse to a sunrise and brunch.
Or you can have your fun, knowing that by missing a little sleep, you’re possibly hurting your health and opening the door to disease.
Maybe just a tiny crack… but still, what a lousy set of options.
I’ll take option three, thank you. And that’s having my fun… and then sleeping in.
Researchers have found that sleeping in on weekends does indeed help combat the negative health effects of missed sleep during the week.
So much so that sleeping in two days a week counters the negative effects of missing sleep during the other five days.
Here’s how it breaks down…
People who sleep five hours a night or less have a higher risk of dying. (I know, I know… we all die. But if you look at a specific time frame, like the next two years, more of these folks will pass on than those who sleep longer.)
People who sleep five hours a night during the week and nine hours a night on weekends… they’re just as well off as the folks getting six hours a night or more.
I love it when you can have your cake and eat it too.
If you need to be up late through the week for whatever reason — work, fun, or otherwise — sleep in a bit on the weekends and you’ll do just fine.
Though, about that cake…
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance