Sleeping Benefits Latest Update: Sleeping In Late During The Weekend, Is It Doing More Harm Than Good?
Everybody loves to sleep in during the weekend. Some even see it as a "must" after the end of a busy week. However, doctors now are starting to warn people against the most sought after activity during the weekend, the weekend lie-in.
Independent.co.uk reported that researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden are claiming that sleeping in late during the weekends can interfere with the natural rhythm of your body which can result in making you feel worse than well rested. Psychologist and sleep researcher Susanna Jernelöv explained: "It's partly because of our circadian rhythm, so when you sleep in later, it's like giving yourself a bit of jet-lag and jet-lag makes you less bright and perky.
She also explained that when a person sleeps a little bit too little most of the time and catches on sleep during the weekends, they are screwing up their circadian rhythms. She suggests that it's always better to stay on your regular sleeping schedule, but she also admitted that it doesn't really work with most people.
After revealing her claims in The Local, Norwegian sleep researcher Bjørn Bjorvatn at the University of Bergen, who told Norway's state broadcaster NRK that lie-ins were almost always counter-productive, backed up Jernelöv's claims. Bergen said: "You should get up and go to bed at about the same time every day. Do not sleep in late on weekends. Do not have a lie-in."
Meanwhile,Bergen also said that if you get up at 12pm during the weekend, it will take time for your body clock to adjust back come weekdays. He also mentioned that even if most tempting to sleep-in, now that autumn and winter are just around the corner, it is the imperative to note that this is the most important time of the year to follow your normal sleep routine strictly to make sure that you have a healthy well-being.