But people who managed less than five hours each day for a week, then around six to seven hours at the weekend were no more likely to die than those who consistently slept six to seven hours a day over the same period. Weekend snoozers, the data showed, live just as long as those who slept enough during the week.
The study followed the sleep habits of 43,880 subjects over the course of 13 years.
What we should all really take away from this is one important fact: if you're short on sleep, get more however you can. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night.
The team pointed out that they only assessed individuals aged 65 or under, not bearing the sleeping habits and mortality rates of those older in mind.
Gulf Coast braces for Subtropical Storm Alberto
According to Moss, for the most part, the rain will hold off Sunday , making it a great day for grilling out or trips to the pool. It is still being influenced by an upper level low, which for now, is providing shear and Alberto's asymmetrical look.
Sleeping for less than six hours was found to hinder the ability of study participants to perform simple tasks, regardless of whether or not they felt rested, due to a lack of focus. "It's a requirement", said Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson.
So when Saturday morning rolls around, go ahead and turn off your alarm clock - it's for your own good. "If you eat OK during the week and you splurge a little on the weekend, you probably aren't hurting your health, but if you eat crap all week, no amount of Brussels sprouts or kale that you eat on the weekends can make up for that", he said.
He thinks a lot of people may relate to sleeping less during the week and, at the very least, may want to have an excuse for sleeping in on their days off.