You have that love-hate relationship with your alarm clock. You like it because it ensures you wake up on time during work or school days so that you don’t miss out on your various life responsibilities. However, you also come to hate it at times because its alarm signals the end to your deep slumber and you have no choice but to drag your (often) sleepy and tired body out of bed to prepare for work or school. Oh, the daily grind. Regardless of how you feel about it, your alarm clock does its job right most of the time (unless it is low on battery).
It is the reason why you love the weekends. Most people don’t have class or work during Saturdays and Sundays. It means you can temporarily turn off your alarm clock and sleep in until late in the morning because you likely have nowhere important to go. Many of you are probably guilty of doing this. It’s actually your guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to this comforting habit and the experts will make sure you know about it for your own good.
Scientists discovered that 85 percent of people wake up later on the weekends, and they have linked the pattern to terrible moods and chronic fatigue.
Analysts also revealed that the condition could increase the risk of heart disease, with each additional hour of social jet lag raising the chances by 11 percent.
“These results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health,” lead author Sierra B. Forbush told EurekAlert. “This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and inexpensive preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems.”
Without you knowing, your desire to sleep in on the weekend to catch up on all those lost sleep during the weekday may probably be doing your body (health) more harm than good. Regular sleeping in during the weekend results in social jet lag because you sleep longer during the weekend but have to wake up early again come Monday.
Better think twice about hitting snooze on Saturdays.
“Social jet lag,” which happens when you hit the sack and wake up later on weekends than during the week, is associated with poorer health, worse mood and fatigue, according to a new study published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep.
It’s a serious hit to your well-being: Every hour of deviation from your normal sleep routine could increase your risk of heart disease by 11 percent, scientists found.
The study’s researchers analyzed 984 adults’ responses to questions about sleep habits, diet and environment.
“Results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health,” lead author Sierra B. Forbush, an undergraduate research assistant in the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said in a statement.
You are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and still suffer from insomnia, sleepiness, and fatigue instead of feeling refreshed when you oversleep. This sleeping in habit during the weekend actually form as early as puberty because science proves that pubertal teens sleep later at night and are more likely to sleep in also in the morning perhaps because of a biologic response or their raging hormones.
Many people continue to suffer from social jet lag because societal obligations either ask you to wake up early and stay up late. To compensate and make yourself feel better, you sleep in during the weekend to your heart’s content. However, you realize it wasn’t such a good to do so once Monday morning comes and you can barely get out of bed because you indulged your body clock in sleeping in during the weekend even if you sleep early on Sunday night because you are in for a big surprise – sleep onset insomnia. So, try to resist sleeping in on the weekend. What you can do about it is to take naps in the afternoon so you can catch up on lost sleep.