Sleeping in on the weekends may not make up for the sleep you lost during the week. That’s according to a new study.
Researchers placed 30 volunteers on a sleep schedule replicating a sleep-deprived workweek followed by a weekend with “recovery” sleep.
While sleepiness increased significantly on the nights of too-little sleep, it was much lower after recovery sleep. However, performance on a test that measured a person’s ability to pay attention declined after too little sleep and failed to improve after recovery sleep.
The researchers say their findings suggest recovery sleep over a single weekend may not reverse all the negative effects of sleep that’s lost during the week.
They urge more research on the long-term effects of the sleep/recovery cycle in humans.
Findings of this study appear in the “American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.”
Information provided by: The Cleveland Clinic