The world of sleep is a complicated one. Often one article will cite reasons to never sleep in while another will tell you that sleeping in on the weekends can be very beneficial. How do you know who to believe? Well, no one. That would be the most honest answer. Once you have read all of the articles and done all of your research, the only way to find out if sleeping in on the weekend will benefit you is to actually try it.
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For some of us, the weeknights don’t provide enough time to get the kind of sleep we need. And in all honesty, when someone tells you that you shouldn’t be sleeping in on a Saturday, you’d be forgiven for wanting to punch them. The thing is, when you are mind-numbingly exhausted, that extra hours’ sleep on the weekend can help you feel more relaxed and ready for the week ahead. If you have experienced this kind of exhaustion before, you’ll know that only getting enough sleep can make you feel like a functioning human when you wake up!
There have been plenty of discussions about whether or not sleeping in on the weekends affects your health. Usually, the advice you are given will tell you that sleeping in is not wise. In fact, in articles we’ve published in the past, this is the advice we’ve given based on sleep studies. But what many people fail to recognise is that everyone is unique when it comes to sleep. What works for me is probably not going to work for you.
Research into sleep is ongoing, and while sleeping in can be bad for some people, there are those who greatly benefit from catching a few extra winks on the weekend. In a study that looked at the sleeping habits of some 2 156 adults in South Korea, comparing their sleep habits to their body mass indexes, the results were in favour of late weekend morning sleep ins. The results found that those who were sleeping too little during the week but used their weekends to catch up on sleep had a lower BMI than those who weren’t catching up on lost sleep.
The results showed that those getting too little sleep and not catching up on the weekends were actually disrupting their hormones. When this happens, less sleep can slow down your metabolism. The general consensus is that when you are getting the right amount of sleep, you will live a far healthier lifestyle than you would if you were not getting enough shut-eye. When you are well rested you are inclined to exercise more, to keep a closer eye on what you eat and you are also more likely to take care of your wellbeing in general.
Don’t throw off your sleeping pattern if you can help it
Ever feel like there is not enough time in a day? You are not alone, which is why many of us choose to disrupt our natural sleeping pattern. When you adjust your patterns to suit your social life and hobbies, you might find that you feel more fatigued, moodier, and generally unwell. These feelings will become more prominent the older you get.
Although sleeping in won’t do much harm, it is still preferable to make sure that you go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time each day. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night is the ideal, but keep in mind that your needs might differ quite a bit from the next person.
To get an optimal amount of sleep, you need to make sure that you are sleeping on the right bed every night. By sleeping on a bed that suits your body type and which will also support your body correctly, you will already be doing exactly what you need to do to get the right amount of sleep.