From increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease to a sleep hangover, a Bustle report details the possible risks of sleeping in on the weekend.
The lure of an extra few hours of sleep is a strong one, especially when it’s freezing outside and you’ve got nowhere you’re supposed to be. But evidence is mounting that it’s bad to sleep in, and that sleeping in might be messing with your system more than you know.
The latest disappointing news about sleeping in comes to us from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, which published a study of over 400 participants who went to sleep and woke up later on the weekends than on workdays. Unfortunately, as reported in the New York Times, “sleeping late on days off was linked to lower HDL (good) cholesterol, higher triglycerides, higher insulin resistance and higher body mass index” in the experimental participants — even after controlling for a variety of other health factors.
In other words, changes in sleep pattern really do seem to trash your metabolism and cardiovascular system, which are of course essential for good health. If that weren’t enough reason to stop sleeping in on its own, there are even more reasons to worry about.