If we had the choice, we would never get out of bed. Possibly the most comfortable place in the world, warm and snuggly, we just want to lie in there forever. Unfortunately, we have to get up and go to our jobs, which is why we treasure our weekend lie ins so much. But really, is deviating from our body clocks two days a week bad for us?
Unfortunately, a Harvard study says yes.
Mondays are pretty bad in general, but they could be better if we stuck to our sleeping schedules even during the weekends. By sleeping and waking later during the weekends, we subject ourselves to something called social jet lag. Much like the real thing, social jet lag is bad for your body and can lead to ailments such as diabetes, weight gain and a decreased metabolic rate.
Our bodies keep track of time using a circadian system so that it can anticipate our daily actions and regulate our organ systems. For example, our body produces more insulin in the morning as it expects us to eat breakfast when we wake up. Throwing off our circadian system might lead to toxins accumulating in our cells, put unnecessary burden on your body and make you sick. Research has also shown that poor sleep, be it sleeping too little, sleeping inconsistently or waking up too often, can lead to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
So, sleeping in on the weekends… Studies have shown that the more your weekend sleeping hours deviate from your weekdays’, the more detrimental it is for your health. If you’re guilty of sleeping in on weekends, it’s highly possible to lead to a wider waist and greater body mass index and increased vulnerability to diabetes.
It’s best to live off a consistent sleep schedule. Translation: weekend sleep ins are not recommended. Cue tears.