Can You Truly Catch up on Your Sleep?

Can You Truly Catch up on Your Sleep?

How many of us actually get our full 8-hour of sleep nightly?

The good news is people who don’t get enough sleep do have a chance to catch up on their sleep, according to a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems in the long run, such as heart diseases, obesity, insulin resistance, and may increase risk of early death. Some immediate effects include impaired judgment, foggy brain, and difficulty remembering things.

Even an hour of lost sleep daily will quickly add up over a span of weeks. So if you can snooze on the weekend, this will allow your body to catch up on the “missed” hours during the weekdays. You will be helping your body improve its mental and physical capabilities that come with being well rested.

So remember if you are getting less than 5 hours of sleep daily during the week, you can catch up on your lost hours on the weekend. Adults need about 6-7 hours of good sleep every night so making up on your sleep is very possible if you do it on a weekly basis. Though folks over 65 can get less sleep and still feel well rested.

It is also wise not to sleep too much on the weekend as it will be harder to fall asleep that night, creating a vicious cycle of tossing and turning and disrupting your sleep patterns.

So how many of you are planning to sleep in this weekend?