Sleeping in during weekends to “catch up” on missed sleep during the week will not prevent weight gain or improve a reduction insulin sensitivity associated with sleeping less than 5 hours per night, according to findings from a small cohort study published in Current Biology.
“This study demonstrates that catch up sleep over the weekend is not sufficient and is still associated with the metabolic consequences of short sleep in young, healthy people,” Robert H. Eckel, MD, professor of medicine in the divisions of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes and cardiology at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, told Endocrine Today. “The food intake is still higher and the insulin sensitivity is reduced in participants with weekend recovery sleep. At least one weekend of catch-up sleep does not seem to get the job done when you have only slept 5 hours per night for the week before. Metabolic correction does not occur quickly.”
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