Why You Can’t Catch Up On Sleep During The Weekend

New research shows that those weekend sleep-ins aren't helping with the sleep you lost Monday to Friday.

Sleep. The big wink. The nighttime lie down. The closed eye adventure into the brain.

Whatever you call it, doctors and health professionals call it sleep. And they’ve been banging on for years about how we’re not getting enough, and like idiots we’ve been all ‘OK’ and not doing anything about it.

So, in new sleep news that is disappointing but probably shouldn’t surprise any of us, research also shows that you can’t catch up on the sleep that you lost during the week. That means:

Uni students pulling an all-nighter cramming that report out - you lose sleep.

Robbers waiting for security to lock up the warehouse - you lose sleep.

Parents with work deadlines and who are then hosting a kids sleepover party on Saturday - you are absolutely losing all sleep.

According to research published at the University of Colorado Boulder, rescheduling sleep for another time does not work and probably increases the chances of us snacking late at night and decreases our ability to regulate blood sugar ergo increasing our chances of developing obesity and diabetes.

Pictured: exhausted bunny falls asleep at administrative job.

And even if you did get better sleeps on the weekend, the new circadian rhythm that suits your weekend life then throws out the start of your Monday workday. Thus, starting the beginning of a grumpy day because swomebowdy dwidn’t gwet enouwgh slweep. And no doubt talking to you in that voice will drive you into a slweep-deprived rwage.

So next time you’re doing the human reboot (sleep) try to make sure you create a little consistency and prioritise it each night. Lest the Sandman tracks you down and blinds you when he fights dirty by throwing magic sand into your eyes.