The crime: Sleeping in on the weekends…by hours
Why it’s bad
Admittedly most of us are sleep-deprived and try to make up for it on the weekend, notes Sharon Chung, staff scientist with the Sleep Research Laboratory at Toronto’s University Health Network. “But our bodies are like clocks and the clock controls many hormonal and physiological systems in our bodies,” she says. “And if we throw the clock off, our bodies won’t know when to go to sleep and that can lead to conditions such as insomnia.”
As best you can, keep a normal sleep routine seven days a week. So do what you do on the weekends before bed that you do during the week: take a bath, read and so forth. “And try not to sleep in too late if you can—if you sleep in until noon, then you won’t be ready to go to sleep at 11 p.m. that night,” says Chung. And minimize how long you do actually sleep in—by maybe an hour or so as opposed to three hours.