Is it OK to Sleep Less on Weekdays and More on Weekends?
Is it OK to sleep 11 hours on weekends and 5–6 on weekdays? – Damon
Our bodies (and minds) need a certain amount of sleep each night to function at
their best. Although you might feel great on Monday after a weekend sleepfest, all
that shuteye won't help your performance the rest of the week.
Our bodies can only catch up on sleep. They can't store extra
sleep to help us function in the days ahead. If you sleep a lot over the weekend but
go back to skimping on Monday night, your body won't be at its best on Tuesday. You
may not notice you're tired, but you won't be operating at your peak — and if
you continue this pattern all week, your body will be seriously dragging by Friday.
How will this affect you? Sleep fuels our daily activities, whether it's doing
well on tests, competing in sports, mastering skateboard tricks, concentrating while
driving, or improving video game skills. That's why experts recommend that teens
get 8½ to more than 9 hours of sleep a night.