Science Says Sleeping In On Weekends Is Good For You And We'll Take It
No arguments here.
We are sick and tired of being told that sleeping in on the weekend is bad for us. Seriously, it's one of the things we look forward to most during the week!
But research published in Sleep has found that sleeping in on the weekend actually does have benefits.
The researchers compared the sleeping habits of over 2000 adults to their body mass indexes (BMI), and they found that those who got too little sleep during the week, but caught up on the weekends had a (slightly) lower BMI average of 22.8 as compared to those who slept too little and didn't catch up on Saturday and Sunday.
The group that got less sleep had an average BMI of 23.1.
While it might seem like a very small difference, the researchers found that for every extra hour of weekend sleep equated to 0.12 lower BMI.
More sleep equals weight loss? We'll take it!
This could be because if you don't get enough sleep it disrupts your hormones and metabolism which can lead to weight gain. The more you sleep, the more likely you'll practise healthy habits like working out and eating healthier.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, however, it's still a good idea to go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day otherwise you can throw off your body's natural circadian rhythm.
So, if you're really struggling during the week to get to sleep at the same time and get at least seven hours, then make sure to catch up on the weekend because it does have some benefits!
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