Do you like to sleep after a long work week? If so, good news: a new study finds there may be more reasons to hit the snooze button this weekend.
The researchers measured the insulin response - a marker of diabetes risk - in patients after they had been given four days of restricted sleep (about four hours a night) compared to eight hours of unrestricted sleep after the insulin response (about eight hours a night). They found that sleep restriction was linked to a higher 23 percent risk of diabetes compared with unrestricted sleep.
It's possible that the effects on brain sleep loss can't be reversed over the weekend, but those on hormone levels, like insulin, can.
To help you capture some Z's, keep your sleeping environment cool, dark and quiet. Remember: not everything needs to be done before bed.