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Can we make up for lost sleep?

Many people find they prefer to stay up late at night were wake up early in the morning. Sometimes these personal styles can get in the way of going to work or school was a need to. This doesn’t mean once style is better than the other however this can become a problem if we are not getting done things that we need to. Doctors who specialize in sleep have long said you can’t make up for lost sleep including scientist Matthew Walker. in particular he states “sleep is not like a bank you can accumulate debt and pay it off at a later point.”


According to new research from the Journal of sleep research, published May 22, 2018, the impact of insufficient sleep over a work week can be countered by making up for the deficit over the weekend.

Sleep researchers from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University looked at data from more than 43,000 adults collected in Sweden in 1997. Then, they found out what happened to participants 13 years later by looking at the national death register.

Results showed that adults under age 65 who only got five hours of sleep or fewer a night, seven days a week, had a higher risk of death than those who consistently got six or seven. But those who made up for it at the weekend by sleeping in had no raised mortality risk compared to the steady sleepers.

“The results imply that short (weekday) sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” wrote the authors, led by Torbjörn Åkerstedt. “This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality.”


However, in the sleep science community, the overarching advice is that consistency is key, and there is no substitute for having a regular sleep pattern.


Not getting enough sleep has been linked to an increased risk of obesity and heart disease, as well as brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. There’s also evidence sleep deprivation can mean a lower sex drive, reduced fertility, and generally less mental well-beinghim.

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