Going to bed later on weekends can harm your health

Sleeping more on weekends may prove harmful for your overall health

Sleeping more on weekends may prove harmful for your overall health

On workdays, most people fail to get adequate sleep as they drag themselves out of bed to rush to work. "My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

You may think that sleeping longer or later on the weekends is good for you.

The study has found that social jet lag increases the risk of heart diseases by about 11 percent and also leads to poor health, fatigue, sleepiness and mood swings.

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"This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and cheap preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems", said Forbush.

The data for the study were collected as part of the Sleep and Healthy Activity, Diet, Environment, and Socialization study, which is a community-based survey of more than 1,000 adults.

According to researchers from the University of Arizona in the U.S., social jet lag has emerged as an important circadian marker for health outcomes.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in every three Americans is not getting the recommended seven-hour sleep on a regular basis. "A lot of people will be waking up at 7 am on weekdays, but going to bed later and sleeping in on the weekends to compensate", says Sierra Forbush at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Germany scientist Till Roenneberg from Ludwig-Maximilian University, who coined the term "social jet lag" told Reuters that he was not surprised by the Pittsburgh study results. Also, sleeping late at night - even though you may end up meeting the 8-hour sleep mark - is also linked with health issues.

"A regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and low-priced preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems".

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The ICD-10 recognizes delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD)- diagnosed as an irregular circadian rhythm- as a real health issue, but social jet lag is a more recent entrant into the medical lexicon. This involved over 980 adults aged between 22 to 60. Social jet lag was calculated by subtracting the weekday from the weekend sleep midpoint. The participants' overall health was self-reported using a standardized scale, and the questions on the survey covered insomnia, sleep duration, cardiovascular disease, fatigue and sleepiness. They were also 22 percent more likely to rate their overall health as good, not excellent, and 28 percent more likely to rate it as poor.

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