With the clocking ticking to move forward as if its tail has caught fire, almost all of us have missed out on sleep because we have to catch up with work.
In fact, for many of us, skipping on sleep is routine as we try to complete work before midnight hits only to lay in our bed and run through our social media feeds one last time for the day.
Weekend – we keep waiting and hoping for it to come sooner so that we can make up for the week’s lost sleep. And when it does come around, we sleep like we’ve no care in the world. Alas, sleeping in over the weekend doesn’t do anything to reverse the damage caused by sleep deprivation.
The negative implications of sleep loss still persistent particularly because we keep going with our nasty schedules which compromise sleep for other responsibilities.
A new research conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder shows that you cannot catch up on the lost hours of sleep. For the study, researchers divided participants into three groups.
Group 1 was allowed to sleep for 9 hours for 9 days. Group 2 was allowed to sleep for 5 hours each night for 9 nights. And group 3’s participants were made to sleep for 5 hours each night for 5 days then for the weekend’s 2 days they were allowed to sleep as much as they wanted and then again for the next two days, their sleep was restricted.
Results showed that group 3 experienced low insulin sensitivity and while their appetite reduced by sleeping a little more over the weekend, this minimal benefit was also erased as they got back to restricted sleep.
Moreover, after returning to a restricted sleep routine, group 3 also experienced insulin sensitivity in their liver and muscles while group 2 which didn’t catch up on sleep even on the weekend didn’t struggle with this problem.
This shows that catching up on sleep over the weekend doesn’t wipe off the many negative implications of losing sleep. Hence, it is necessary to give sleep its due time so as to save yourself from the many health risks associated with it.