Weekend sleep-ins are good for you

Weekend sleep-ins are good for you

But according to a recent study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, having a well-deserved lie-in on the weekend could actually have the potential to counterbalance some of the effects of sleep loss during the week.

Regardless, the next time you feel bad about sleeping in more than normal, just think of it as an investment in your long-term health.

"Apparently, sleeping in in on the weekends can be a real help", said Åkerstedt, a professor and director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University.

For people under the age of 65, getting five hours of sleep or less nightly during the week was connected with a 50 percent higher likelihood of death compared to getting the recommended seven hours of sleep.

People who only get less than five hours of sleep a night throughout the week, but then have a longer snooze on the weekends, had no heightened mortality risk.

"I would say that it is all about getting the right balance", Elise Facer-Childs from the University of Birmingham told Business Insider.

There are few things in life more satisfying than crawling into bed on Friday night knowing you'll get a well-deserved lie-on in the morning.

The findings are based on almost 44,000 people in Sweden over a 13-year period.

But when the short sleepers slept in on the weekends, their mortality rate did not differ from that of the consistent seven-hour-a-night sleepers.

Bets are off for people over the age of 65, where there was no link between the amount of sleep and higher risk of death. Will the findings of this study motivate you to change your sleep habits.