Study: sleeping in on weekends may extend your life

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Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in late on weekends. Researchers say getting more Zzz’s on Saturday and Sunday morning may extend your life.

That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

The findings are based on nearly 44,000 people in Sweden over a 13-year period. Those involved with the data say when people who get less sleep during the week slept in on weekends, their mortality rate was the same as those who get seven hours per night.

There’s no clear-cut answer yet on why sleeping makes a difference, but a professor from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University says perhaps short sleepers are catching up on some of the sleep they missed on the other days.

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