Sleeping in on weekends might be bad for the heart

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A new study from the University of Arizona finds that sleeping in after a late night out could increase the chances of developing heart disease, reports Newsweek.

Led by Sierra Forbush, a research assistant at the University of Arizona, the research found that for every hour of weekly “social jet lag,” described as the discrepancy between when your body wants to sleep and when you actually do, there is an 11 percent increase in the chances of getting heart disease.

The discrepancy comes from the body being used to going to bed at 10 p.m. and waking up at 6 a.m. on a weekday, but that bedtime and wake-up time being pushed back on the weekend.

“A lot of people will be waking up at 7 a.m. on weekdays, but going to bed later and sleeping in on the weekends to compensate,” Forbush said.

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