A team of scientists decided to analyze the effects of the so-called “social jet lag” or what is more commonly known as sleeping in on weekends. According to the research, it is not only important to get enough sleep. This should also be regular and follow somewhat of a routine.
Social Jet Lag Seems to Result in More Harm Than Good
Social jet lag is the term used for describing irregular sleeping patterns across the weekend. It is quite common to both go to sleep late and also wake up at later hours than during weekdays. Although those lavishing hours spent in bed over the weekend may be pleasant, this new study shows that they are quite bad for the health.
The study team based its findings on data gathered thanks to a survey. This involved over 980 adults aged between 22 to 60. Study participants were asked to answer questions relating to their sleeping habits, diets, and also environment.
After analyzing the results, the team concluded that each hour of social jet lag could be linked to a 22.1 increased chance of having just a “good” sleep. It was also connected to a 28.3 percent rise in the risks of having a “fair” or even “poor” sleep. At least when compared to the chances of having an “excellent” rest.
“Results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health,” stated Sierra B. Forbush, the study’s lead author.
She is also an undergraduate research assistant part of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Michael A. Grandner was the study’s senior author.
Survey results also connected each hour of deviation from the normal sleeping patterns to an 11 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.
In general, they also associated social jet lag with fatigue, a generally worse mood, and poorer health.
Research results were released in an online supplement of Sleep earlier this week.
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