Research shows that social jet lag is associated with poorer health, worse mood, and increased sleepiness. By Claire Ang
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If you have a habit of staying up late and sleeping in during the weekends, it’s time to rethink your sleeping habits.
According to the preliminary results of a new study in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, social jet lag, which is when you head to bed and wake up later on the weekends, has been linked with an 11 per cent increase in the likelihood of heart disease. Plus, it has been related to poorer mood and increased fatigue too.
A total of 984 adults ranging from 22 to 60 years of age were recruited for the study. Their social jet lag was assessed using a questionnaire and calculations, and the subjects self-reported their overall health with a standardised scale and survey questions. The questions revolved around sleep duration, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, fatigue, and sleepiness.
The results show that having a regular sleep pattern can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and other health problems too.
So besides getting your recommended seven hours of sleep, start sticking to a regular sleep schedule.