Lost Sleep Can't Be Made Up, Study Suggests
Are you part of the “go-till-you-drop” club during the week? Anyone who regularly pushes themselves to work and care for their family until all hours of the night knows what it’s like to miss out on much-needed sleep. You know you’re sleep deprived. You know you should really get to bed sooner, but somehow it never happens. Besides, what’s the real harm, when you can catch up on sleep on the weekend?
You might want to rethink your whole approach to sleep after considering the results from a recent clinical trial. Researchers from Penn State University College of Medicine conducted a study to see if weekend “recovery” sleep helped to offset the negative consequences of getting too little sleep all week long. Thirty volunteers were recruited and were asked to follow a sleep-restricted schedule during the week. On the weekends, they were allowed to sleep extra. During the course of the study, the Penn State researchers measured the volunteers’ health and performance by conducting a series of tests.
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