TORONTO, Ont. – Snoring away on Saturday and Sunday morning is not enough to help you recover from the effects of sleep deprivation during the work week.
In a U.S. study, researchers looked at 34 people with an average age of 25 years old and no sleep problems.
They found that men and women who get just six hours of sleep during the week need more than the two-day weekend to recover.
The study’s lead author said while two recovery nights improved sleepiness, it did not improve cognitive function.
Researchers also found that women are better able to cope with and recover from this kind of sleep loss than men.
The gender differences were linked to slow wave, or deep sleep which is considered the restorative potion of sleep.