for the love of life, sleep in
Can’t seem to get enough shut-eye during the week? Relax. A new study in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that sleeping in on the weekends can help you catch up. The study followed 40,000 people over a 13 year time period. It found that adults who slept five or less hours a night seven days a week had a significantly higher mortality rate than those who slept six to seven hours a night. However, those who slept only a few hours a night during the week and then slept longer on the weekends had no raised mortality risk. So next time you have a rough sleep week, give yourself permission to sleep in on the weekend. If only the kids would give you permission too.
Good Sleep = Less Injuries for your Kiddo too!
As parents, we naturally worry about injuries to our adolescent athletes, but is there anything we can do to help prevent them? Well, yes. Make sure our athletes get enough sleep. A study presented to the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that adolescent athletes who got eight or more hours of sleep per night were much less likely to be injured than athletes who slept less. Other than grade level, no other factor was significantly associated with injury including gender, number of sports played, sport specialization, and hours per week or weeks per year of participating.