Like getting up early during the week to make it to work on time, shifts in your sleeping routine, could affect your possibility of heart disease and diabetes, researchers have found. Even minor changes in your sleeping schedule can be debatable, which means you might need to modify your alarm routine this weekend to coincide with the one you’ve set up for the week.
These new findings demonstrate that even little alterations can be harmful to our health, although preceding studies of shift workers have already proven that moving our sleeping hours around isn’t at all good for us.
For the aim of the study performed by the University of Pittsburgh, 447 individuals of both sexes were asked to wear slumber tracking devices and fill out questionnaires on their exercise and dietary customs. The results showed that nearly 85 percent of the participants had an after ‘midsleep point’ – the halfway point of the sleep cycle – on their days off, which means that the majority of them were sleeping in when they were not needed at the office, as you’d anticipate.
This link persisted even when other factors, including physical exercise and calorie consumption, were factored out.
“Social jetlag refers to the mismatch between a person ‘s biological circadian rhythm and their socially imposed sleep programs,” described one of the research workers, Patricia M. Wong.
“This is the first study to… demonstrate that even among healthy, working adults who experience a less extreme range of mismatches in their own sleep program, social jetlag can bring about metabolic difficulties. These metabolic changes can add to the evolution of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
Companies and workers ought to be motivated to think about the effects of “circadian disturbances”, she added, to decide whether a staggered sleeping pattern as well as a weekend lie in is truly worth the possible health problems as well as the long-term impact on our body’s metabolism.
The study has been published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
“If future studies repeat what we found here, then we might have to consider as a society how advanced work and social obligations are affecting our slumber and health,” says Wong.