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Scientists find weekend lie-ins do make up for midweek sleep deprivation

Although you can catch up at the weekend, researchers also found that it is healthier to consistently get 6-7 hours of sleep every day.

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KEEP THIS ARTICLE for the next time anyone calls you lazy for spending most of your weekend in bed.

Scientists have found it is actually possible to catch up on sleep at the weekend if you have only been getting a few hours during a busy week.

In a recent Journal of Sleep Research study, short weekend sleep was associated with an increased risk of early death in people under 65 years of age. They did not see the same trend with long weekend sleep.

“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,” researchers wrote.

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

Although you can catch up at the weekend, researchers also found that it is healthier to consistently get 6-7 hours of sleep every day.

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