I love waking up at 3pm on weekends, sometimes. Sure the day is mostly gone but I feel like I’ve caught up on sleep.
I’ve been a sleep camel for the past 10 years of my life: sleep a few hours a night during the week and store up sleep all weekend with 12-14 hours sleep binges.
Well it turns out that hoarding sleep on the weekends is actually hurting me during the week, according to a new study.
Led by Dr Gregory Carter, a sleep medicine specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, the study disproves the myth that over-sleeping on the weekend makes up for sleep deficit from the week.
According to Dr. Carter, in reality, sleeping in on the weekends delays the brain’s circadian clock, making it harder to sleep on Sunday’s. “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,” he said.
Another piece of advice to maintain a healthy sleep cycle? Don’t eat 8-12 hours before you need to wake up.
Have I followed the advice of any of these doctors yet? Yes, I have.
The “don’t eat 8-12 hours before you need to wake up” has definitely helped. I guess I’ll try waking up earlier on the weekends…starting next weekend.