Sleeping In On Weekends May Not Be a Good Idea
If your sleeping schedule varies dramatically between days off and work days, you may be at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study.
The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, has found a link connecting a change in sleeping schedules on the weekend and health problems.
Researchers recruited 447 men and women between the ages of 30 and 54, and had them wear devices that measured movement and sleep patterns. Nearly 85 percent of people had a change in sleep schedules on weekends, opting for later bedtimes and later rising.
Researchers discovered that the greater the changes in schedules between work days and off days, the higher the metabolic risk – with lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, higher triglycerides, higher insulin resistance, and higher body mass index – even after controlling for other factors, such as diet and physical activity.
The findings suggest that our internal clock may have a greater role in our health than we realize.