Experts now suggest that sleeping in on weekends can be beneficial, but only to a limited extent. A panel of sleep and circadian experts determined that catching up on one or two hours of missed sleep from the workweek during days off can positively impact health, contradicting previous advice that cautioned against deviating from a regular sleep schedule.
- A new recommendation from a panel of sleep experts suggests sleeping in for an extra one or two hours on weekends can help make up for sleep deficits incurred during the workweek.
- Despite the benefit of catching up on sleep, individuals should avoid sleeping in more than two hours to maintain a consistent sleep routine and avoid social jet lag.
- This advice is not a green light to neglect proper sleep during the week; maintaining a consistent and adequate sleep schedule remains crucial.
- Individuals with chronic insomnia should seek personalized advice from a doctor, as this general advice may not apply to them.
- Keeping a consistent bedtime, napping strategically, and prioritizing sleep by creating a rest-conducive environment are additional strategies to enhance sleep quality and duration.