We all know that sleep is very important when it comes to losing weight. Many of us do not get enough sleep during the week and I often hear that my patients try to catch up with sleep on the weekends. But can you really catch up on lost sleep?
Experts have long said that you can’t make up for lost sleep by grabbing more time in bed on your days off. The study in the Journal of Sleep Research called that conclusion into question, suggesting that sleeping in on free says could cancel out at least some of the health risks associated with workweek sleep deprivation, including the threat of early death. But then there is a study published in Current Biology that echoes the earlier beliefs, saying extra hours on the weekend is not enough to make up for week days. It seems that you might be getting some alertness benefits by sleeping longer on weekends but as far as truly making up for lost sleep during the week, you can’t make up for it hour by
Research suggests that you actually need four days of adequate rest to make up for even one hour of sleep debt. Pulling an occasional all nighter or extra early morning may not seem like a big deal but fatigue isn’t the only consequence of an erratic sleep schedule, it also disrupts your circadian clock, an internal system that regulates hormone levels to promote sleep at night and alertness during the day.
Researcher suggest that if you are exhausted by the time Saturday arrives, you should opt out for a midday nap rather than a marathon overnight sleep. The ultimate goal is to get enough sleep during the week that you don’t need to catch up on weekends. It is goal worth pursuing.
Do you get enough sleep during the week? How many hours on average do you sleep per week night?