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May 15, 2019

Sleeping In Doesn’t Mitigate Metabolic Changes Linked to Sleep Deficit

JAMA. 2019;321(21):2062-2063. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.4701

One of the first studies to suggest that insufficient sleep can disrupt metabolism came out 2 decades ago. And yet, despite growing evidence that inadequate slumber is a risk factor for obesity and diabetes, approximately a third of US adults sleep fewer than the 7 hours a night recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. Many people think they can repay sleep debt incurred during the week by catching extra z’s on the weekend. But, unfortunately, it’s not that easy to mitigate the metabolic dysregulation associated with recurrent insufficient sleep, suggests a recent study in Current Biology.