Sorry, But Science Just Debunked This Sleep Myth

Posted in Wellness by Quinn  |  January 30, 2018

We’ve all been there.  Exhausted from the small hours we slept during the week because of work, school, errands, life.  So, as that Saturday or Sunday morning rolls around, we lie in bed and get that much needed 12-hour sleep.

But does sleeping in on the weekends even help us?  It’s been a constant debate for a while.  Can you really catch up on the sleep you lost during the week by sleeping extra long during the weekend?

Well, science has debunked the myth once and for all.  Matthew Walker, the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley has, once and for all, declared this little tip to be a myth.  Plain and simple.

“The brain has no capacity to get back that lost sleep,” he told Terry Gross during a Fresh Air interview.

Is there any way to make your body and mind feel well rested?  There is, but you may not like the idea.  If you’re looking to gain better sleep habits and be more well-rested across the board, it is recommended that you start waking up at the same time every day.  Every single day, including the weekends.

So, if you have to wake up at 6:30 a.m. during the week for work or school, that means you wake up at 6:30 a.m. during the days you have off or on the weekends.  By waking up at the same time daily, both your body and mind get adjusted and used to waking up, even if it’s normally really early for you.  Plus, you’ll probably begin to fall asleep a bit earlier than normal, or at the very least fall asleep faster, so there are no more nights tossing and turning.

While the news that we can’t catch up on lost sleep kind of sucks, we’re always willing to try something that will make us well rested in the long run!