Name: The late morning of the weekend.
Age: As old as the weekend.
Appearance: A motionless bump under a duvet, with the sun shining on it.
Ah! What guilty pleasure. Apparently, you shouldn’t feel guilty.
Because you are unconscious? No, because a little weekend break is good for you.
Can I just say that in my heart I still have experienced this. According to a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine, people who catch up on their lack of sleep on weekends have lower rates of depression than those who don’t.
Staying in bed all day is a cure for depression – who knew? Beware, the study found that people who slept an extra hour to two hours on weekends had a lower risk, but the prevalence of depression again increased for those who had more than two hours of overtime.
Understood. What else should I do? You must be Korean.
Why this? It’s just that the study used data from a 2016 health survey in which all 5,500 participants were from South Korea.
I don’t want to pour cold water on these findings, but I thought you couldn’t make up for lost sleep by getting more week ends. Different studies give different, if not necessarily contradictory, results. A 2019 sleep study found that sleeping in on weekends did not confer any metabolic health benefit in subjects with weekday sleep deficit. But research from the previous year seemed to show that catch-up sleep could counteract a higher long-term death rate for regular sleepers. Other experts even suggest that late mornings on weekends can cause insomnia.
Can’t these scientists agree on anything? Yes: Consistently getting too little sleep is really bad for you and has a negative impact on mood, focus, memory, weight, immune system, and your lifespan.
And too much sleep? Bad too.
So should I be lying this Saturday or what? Overall, it seems that while a late morning isn’t a substitute for good sleep hygiene, an extra hour won’t hurt you and can improve your mood.
Can I save time by getting that extra hour at work on Friday afternoons? You can try.
Say: “Don’t wake me up before you go.”
Do not say : “But wake up with me soon after you get back with some croissants.”