You could die early from this much sleep

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Everybody loves a lie-in - but it seems catching up on your sleep at weekends could actually help you avoid an early death.

"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", the study reads.

"This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality.", concluded the authors.

Torbjörn Åkerstedt, an author of the study, said that his study doesn't contradict the growing body of scientific evidence that lack of sleep can lead to a person's early demise, according to Mashable. People who slept too much, regularly conking out for eight hours or longer a night, also had a worse mortality rate. What they found was that adults under the age of 65 who get five hours or less of sleep for seven days a week have an increased risk of death (a staggering 65 percent higher) than those who consistently get six or seven hours of shut-eye.

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

"The sleep guru", hypnotherapist Anandi suggests lying on your back and putting your legs up a wall to help you drift off.

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The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, is based on data from more than 38,000 adults, collected during a lifestyle and medical survey conducted throughout Sweden in 1997.

Since the longer you are awake, the more sleep you need-your "sleep debt" needs to be "paid off."
For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk.

"We also note that the the older participants are "well rested" when they wake up, whereas the younger are definitely not 'well rested.' Our interpretation is that sleep need is reduced with increasing age".

"People change their sleep duration over time". Oversleeping every day of the week also put participants at a greater risk of mortality.

Sleeping in on weekends to catch up on missed sleep over a long and tiring work week does not only feel awesome, but it also may help you live longer. "If you eat OK during the week and you splurge a little on the weekend, you probably aren't hurting your health, but if you eat crap all week, no amount of Brussels sprouts or kale that you eat on the weekends can make up for that", he said.

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