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     It brings one harm. Scientists have told why you can’t sleep a lot on the weekend

    If you think that on the weekend you will get enough sleep for the whole week, then don't hope. Long sleep on the weekend does not compensate for the lack of sleep on the rest of the week, experts say.

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    Turning off your alarm and taking a few extra hours of naps on Saturday mornings may seem like a good idea, but according to experts, you're actually doing yourself more harm than good by catching up on that extra weekend sleep, writes Reader's Digest.

    Many would agree that this sounds highly counterintuitive because insufficient sleep is linked to a host of health outcomes, including metabolic problems, anxiety disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even strokes. Getting enough sleep is also important for your brain health. Shouldn't we sleep more when we can? As it turns out, no.

    In their recent study, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder invited healthy young adults to take part in an extensive sleep study that included three groups. During the nine-day study, the first group got 9 hours of sleep each night. The second group only got 5 hours and the third group slept 5 hours over five nights, however on weekends they were allowed to sleep as much as they wanted.

    In both sleep-deprived groups, they ate more snacks after dinner, and all gained weight over the course of the nine-day experiment. The group that didn't get enough sleep during the week but got enough sleep on the weekend didn't snack on the days they got enough sleep. However, they ate even more after dinner and had even more weight gain compared to the other groups. Extra snacking isn't the only reason people with chaotic sleep patterns gain weight. There are a number of factors, including the amount of time a person actually needs to sleep if you're hoping to lose weight, and the impact sleep has on your body's insulin production.

    Not only are the extra hours of sleep that you can get by taking weekend naps is not enough to mitigate or even reduce the risks associated with sleep deprivation, drastic adjustment of your circadian rhythm or sleep cycle negatively impacts human health in general.

    “Our results show that muscle- and liver-specific insulin sensitivity was worse in subjects who slept a lot on weekends,” the researchers concluded.