No one likes sleep deprivation—or the long-term health risks that go along with it. Now, a new study suggests a solution: You can actually “catch up” on the health benefits of sleep you missed during the week over the weekend. Using data from more than 38,000 adults gathered over 13 years, researchers found that people under the age of 65 who slept for 5 hours or less each night experienced a 65% greater mortality rate than those who slept 6 or 7 hours each night, they report this week in the Journal of Sleep Research. However, people who slept for less than 5 hours a night during the week could eliminate that increased risk by sleeping for more than 8 hours a night over the weekend.
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