Do you Suffer from Social Jet Lag?

Do you Suffer from Social Jet Lag?

Do you Suffer from Social Jet Lag?

A WEEKEND lie-in after a late Friday or Saturday night out may send you to an early grave, research suggests.

The study was published in the journal Sleep and assessed sleep pattern and associated effects on health in close to 984 adults ageing 22 to 60 years.

"These results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health", the researchers noted.

"This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and low-priced preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems", Forbush added.

While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine firmly recommends that adults should sleep seven-plus hours a night, the issue of when one should sleep is not as empirically established. According to researchers from the University of Arizona, social jet lag has emerged as an important circadian marker for health outcomes.

They calculated each individual's "social jet lag" by subtracting the mid-point of their weekday sleep cycle from the mid-point of their weekend sleep cycle.

Till Roenneberg, a professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the University of Munich who coined the term, says, "The behavior looks like if most people on a Friday evening fly from Paris to NY or Los Angeles to Tokyo and on Monday they fly back".

Germany scientist Till Roenneberg from Ludwig-Maximilian University, who coined the term "social jet lag" told Reuters that he was not surprised by the Pittsburgh study results. It is quite common to both go to sleep late and also wake up at later hours than during weekdays. Prolonged sleep deprivation is also tied to risk of heart disease, diabetes, weakened immune system, hypertension among others.

Her findings come from a study involving almost 1,000 adults aged from 22 to 60.

Chances are, you won't make it through the day without hearing at least three people sigh these three little words: "I'm so exhausted". Health issues were self-reported through a survey that measured levels of sleep duration, insomnia, fatigue, and sleepiness, along with risk for cardiovascular disease.

Furthermore, every hour of social jet lag was associated with a 22.1 and 28.3 percent increase in the likelihood of having just "good" or "fair/poor" health, respectively, compared with "excellent" health. A standardized scale was used to self-report the overall health.

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