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Weekend lie-ins combat effect of lost sleep


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.


Readers' comments (7)

  • Who commisioned this - the Ministry of Stating the Bleeding Obvious?!
    How many nurses salaries did this cost?

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  • True Anonymous | 2-Aug-2010 2:16 pm, not that it matters to us anyway as we are expected to work 24/7 with no routine or consideration for us anyway.

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  • Given that previous research had concluded missed sleep couldn't be 'caught up on' and the negative physiological consequences of that, i'm very pleased to discover that it can!

    Especially as there's not always get enough time between shifts to get 8 hours.

    Even more excuse for a lay in now!

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  • I would have thought it was obvious that if you are asleep a couple of hours longer at the weekend, your body needs it. Common sense is it not?

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  • How can the Nursing Times be party to printing such useless research! It is now a joke in our office to lighten the day......lets see what ideots have performed a useless piece of expensive research today then!
    More sleep at weekends (or day off) helps you catch up on sleep lost....never!

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  • I read these research snippets avidly and can't wait for the article that says it improves mental health to have a few beers and a bacon sandwich when you fancy one!!!!!

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  • Aye! The ''experts'' will be telling next exercise is good for us...

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