“Two consecutive nights of extended sleep, a typical weekend occurrence, appears to counteract the increased risk of diabetes associated with short-term sleep restriction during the work week; at least in lean, healthy, young men eating a controlled diet.”2 This is good news for the many busy professionals who can’t seem to find enough time to get a full night’s sleep during the work week.
The study showed that with four consecutive nights of only 4.5 hours of sleep per night, participant’s diabetes risk increased by 16 percent. However, after two nights in a row of extra sleep (averaging 9.7 hours per night) participant’s diabetes risk returned to normal. Keep in mind, the study’s author did note that this was a short term study, which did not observe the effects of long term weekday sleep deprivation.
While your goal should always be to get plenty of sleep, sometimes life happens and it’s just not possible. If you’re feeling sleep deprived after a busy work week, sleep in on the weekend – catching up can help your health!