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Can you really catch up on sleep on weekends?

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By Nina Elias for

PreventionIf regular two-day weekends never seem like enough time for your sleep (or your sanity) to recover, it’s not just in your head: A new study in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism confirms that two days of sleeping in really isn’t enough to recover lost sleep.

In the study, researchers set 30 healthy adults on a 13-day sleep schedule. For the first four nights, they slept a normal eight hours. But for the next six nights, participants were woken up two hours earlier in the morning in order to simulate restricted workweek sleep.

Keep reading to see what researchers learned about catching up on sleep…

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