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In words that none of us want to hear, there is a warning out that sleeping in on the weekend is bad for you.  For some time now warnings have been sounded about the risks of heart disease and diabetes for shiftworkers whose schedules vary but now this new study shows there could be similar issues for those who like to lie in on a Saturday and Sunday and enjoy different sleeping patterns.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism measured 447 people, detecting their movement and tracking when they went to sleep and woke up.  The data showed that 85 percent of people went to bed and woke up later on their “days off” and that the people who had the greatest mismatch in sleep timing had a higher metabolic risk.

Sleeping late on days off was linked to a myriad of issues like higher insulin resistance, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, higher triglycerides and higher body mass index. The associations persisted after controlling for physical activity, caloric intake, alcohol use and other factors.

“It’s not clear yet that this is a long-term effect,” said the lead author, Patricia M. Wong, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. “But we think of this as people having to sleep and work out of sync with their internal clock, and that having to be out of sync may be having these health effects.”

Do you sleep in more on the weekends? 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. i have a bowel movement at precisely 6am but unfortunately i dont wake up till 610am

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    • It wasn’t that at all David, I did see the funny side of your comment, guess it seemed a bit blunt.

    • its not ment to be funny its aluding to the fate of most seniors the battle with incontenance and the the increase taking of diverse medications that change the bodies functions sometimes requiring the person afflicted to wear night pads such as i have to at some times due to my to my bleeding hemsworths its no joke to wake up in a puddle of blood so please allow me the indulgence once in a while so i can at least get these maladies off my chest..i apologize if what i say is not to your liking i will not mention it any more and retreat back to my world of watching western movies and fillipino date sites and allow you to go on with your business adeu mon ami

    • I saw the humour David Petrie, if we can’t laugh and make light of our shortcomings/maladies of ourselves we may as well be dead! 😘

    • I have a friend he was in the army he went to one of them african places anyway now when he goes out to the pub drinking he has to take a spare pair of underpants

  2. Oh well I’m done for, after rising at 5am every day of my 50 years working life, I’m now being told that a lie in is going to kill me, I think I’ll risk it now that I’m retired!!!

  3. Every mortal thing we do seems too have a bad health warning and a lot of them say the exact opposite too each other.

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