New research has suggested that extra hours in bed on a weekend can help your body recover from lost sleep during the week.
Researchers from the US found that an additional hour or two in bed on a weekend has “genuine benefits” and may help a person’s well-being.
Stress and long working hours mean people in busy jobs get too little sleep during the week, and not enough sleep is known to have a knock-on effect on handling stress and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Study leader Dr David Dinges, who heads the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, said that extra hours in bed are “important”.
He added: “The additional hour or two of sleep in the morning after a period of chronic partial sleep loss has genuine benefits for continued recovery of behavioural alertness.”
The researchers also found that those who have suffered serious sleep deprivation during the week may need more than a couple of extra hours sleep on a weekend.