Do you Suffer from Social Jet Lag?

Do you Suffer from Social Jet Lag?

While a lot of us may nod in agreement and talk about how we can not wait for the weekend to sleep in and laze around, that may not be the best idea. But sleeping more on weekends increases the probability of developing "social jet lag", which is related with the risk of heart disease, according to researchers.

The study was published in the journal Sleep and assessed sleep pattern and associated effects on health in close to 984 adults ageing 22 to 60 years.

"These results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health", says Sierra B. Forbush, the study's lead author, in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine press release.

"This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and cheap preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems", said Forbush.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommend that adults sleep for at least 7 hours each night for "optimal health".

Previous studies have suggested that social jet lag may have negative health consequences. The researchers calculated their jet lag hours experienced each week by comparing the midpoint of weekday and weekend sleeping hours and subtracting the weekday one. In addition to adequate duration, healthy sleep requires good quality, appropriate timing and regularity.

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A team of scientists made a decision to analyze the effects of the so-called "social jet lag" or what is more commonly known as sleeping in on weekends. Also, sleeping late at night - even though you may end up meeting the 8-hour sleep mark - is also linked with health issues.

This isn't the first study linking social jetlag to poorer health.

They found that people with the biggest shift in sleep routines between workdays and days off were more likely to have health problems that are risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

In general, they also associated social jet lag with fatigue, a generally worse mood, and poorer health.

Overall health was self-reported using a standardised scale, and survey questions also assessed sleep duration, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, fatigue and sleepiness.

The participants with "social jet lag" also had lower levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol - which is the "good kind" of cholesterol that works to prevent damage to blood vessels.

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