You have that love-hate relationship with your alarm clock. You like it because it ensures you wake up on time during work or school days so that you don’t miss out on your various life responsibilities. However, you also come to hate it at times because its alarm signals the end to your deep slumber and you have no choice but to drag your (often) sleepy and tired body out of bed to prepare for work or school. Oh, the daily grind. Regardless of how you feel about it, your alarm clock does its job right most of the time (unless it is low on battery).
It is the reason why you love the weekends. Most people don’t have class or work during Saturdays and Sundays. It means you can temporarily turn off your alarm clock and sleep in until late in the morning because you likely have nowhere important to go. Many of you are probably guilty of doing this. It’s actually your guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to this comforting habit and the experts will make sure you know about it for your own good.
Without you knowing, your desire to sleep in on the weekend to catch up on all those lost sleep during the weekday may probably be doing your body (health) more harm than good. Regular sleeping in during the weekend results in social jet lag because you sleep longer during the weekend but have to wake up early again come Monday.
You are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and still suffer from insomnia, sleepiness, and fatigue instead of feeling refreshed when you oversleep. This sleeping in habit during the weekend actually form as early as puberty because science proves that pubertal teens sleep later at night and are more likely to sleep in also in the morning perhaps because of a biologic response or their raging hormones.
Many people continue to suffer from social jet lag because societal obligations either ask you to wake up early and stay up late. To compensate and make yourself feel better, you sleep in during the weekend to your heart’s content. However, you realize it wasn’t such a good to do so once Monday morning comes and you can barely get out of bed because you indulged your body clock in sleeping in during the weekend even if you sleep early on Sunday night because you are in for a big surprise – sleep onset insomnia. So, try to resist sleeping in on the weekend. What you can do about it is to take naps in the afternoon so you can catch up on lost sleep.
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