When people have long night to work hard, there is always a danger of getting sleep deprivation. Of course, when the weekend arrives, the urge is to just sleep in and make up for lost sleep.
However, some studies have revealed that “sleeping in” during the weekend is not a good idea. This is especially after not having proper sleep for a whole week.
According to IFL Science, people who suffer from lack of sleep may be in terrible trouble. Even stocking up on coffee may cause irreversible damage to our health – even we spend the whole weekend recharging.
Researchers at the University of Colorado found that catching up on sleep will not undo sleep deprivation. Instead, it could have the opposite effect and worsen it
In a statement it said, “Our findings suggest that the common behavior of burning the candle during the week and trying to make up for it on the weekend is not an effective health strategy.”
Obviously, it has been long established that shortchanging yourself on rest is bad for you. In fact, it can increase cravings for unhealthy food, decrease sensitivity to insulin and even impair our ability to regulate sugar inside our bodies.
And it doesn’t stop there! It is also linked to depression, neurodegeneration and even Alzheimer’s. Sleep is so important, that just one night of lacking it can already affect your genes that control your metabolic function.
Don’t believe us? Then perhaps you can read how the researchers did the study.
36 healthy adults, with ages ranging from 18 to 39 years old had their sleep habits monitored closely.
The participants were then split into three groups: the first group slept for nine hours a night, the second for five hours a night, and the third slept for no more than five hours for five days. The last group could then sleep as long as they liked for two nights, with another two more nights of restricted sleeping.
It soon transpired that the team with lack of sleep, the second and third group, had increased snacking, weight gains and reduced insulin sensitivity.
As for the third group that allowed to recover for two days, they did recover, but the body reverted back to its unhealthy state once they started sleeping less again.
In short, the team said that, “In the end, we didn’t see any benefit in any metabolic outcome in the people who got to sleep in on the weekend.”