Lying-in at the weekends is actually bad for a person.
While many people use Saturday and Sundays to try and catch up on
the sleep they have lost during the week, this actually makes them
feel tired come Monday morning.
Dr Gregory Carter, a sleep medicine specialist at UT Southwestern
Medical Center, noted that contrary to popular belief, individuals
do not need to snooze for longer at the weekends to make up for the
lack of shut-eye in the previous five days.
Instead, people will be in a much better position if they stick to
the sleeping pattern of going to bed
and getting up at the same time for all seven days of the
The circadian cycle guides the body's internal clock and delaying
this over the weekend has a knock-on effect, which could see people
struggling to get some vital rest on Sunday nights.
"To maintain our internal clock, we need to go to bed eight hours
before our usual time for getting out of bed in the morning," Dr
Many people will stay up later on Friday and Saturday night,
consume alcohol and watch TV or look at emails right up until they
go to bed. Dr Carter stated: "This pattern ... makes for a painful
Monday wake-up call."
If individuals want to improve their quality of sleep, then having
a regimented system and sticking to it is the best move.
Indeed, disturbing the body clock could bring other problems in
the long term. A paper published in Bioessays has found that a lack
of sleep could lead to people putting on weight.
Dr Cathy Wyse, who works at the chronobiology research group at
the University of Aberdeen, said the "ancient synchronization
between the rhythm of the human clock and the environment [has]
gradually disappeared from our lives".
She observed irregular meal, work and sleep patterns have brought
about a series of metabolic changes that means people are more
susceptible to weight gain.
Posted by Michael Ewing