translated from Spanish: Is it good to try to recover the sleep lost during the week?

the quantity and quality of sleep are crucial to our health and well-being.
Both excess and a defect of dream about the seven or eight hours a day recommended are related to an increase in mortality.
Experts warn it: not getting enough sleep is associated significantly with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
However, the modern rhythms of life are turning lack of sleep in a chronic health problem.
Work, family, housework, social commitments… who has not just sacrificing sleep even though we know that it hurts our health?
According to the World Association of sleep medicine (WASM, for its acronym in English) “sleep problems are a global epidemic that threatens the health and quality of life of more than 45% of the world’s population”.
Many people expected the weekend to compensate for that lack of sleep sleeping more than usual.
But, does it work?
A group of scientific experts in the dream of the University of Colorado at Boulder set out to discover if sleep most days not working may counteract the negative effects resulting from lack of sleep during the week.
Methods of Getty ImagesTrabajo, family, housework, social commitments… who has not just sacrificing sleep even though we know that it hurts our health? For their research, published in Current Biology, the scientists assessed sleep, energy intake, weight gain, and the insulin sensitivity of 36 healthy young people aged 18 to 39 years for 9 consecutive nights.
The participants were divided into three groups with different sleep routines.
The members of the first group slept nine hours for nine nights.
In the second group slept only five hours during the nine nights.
The participants of the third group had restricted sleep for five days, then two days asleep everything he wanted and then returned to the sleepy restricted for two days more.
Experts monitored the hours that slept, what they ate and their exposure to light.
Results “our findings suggest that the behavior common sleeping little during the week and then retrieve sleep during the weekend is not a healthy strategy”, said Physiology Professor Kenneth Wright, one of the authors of the study and director the laboratory of sleep and chronobiology.
Participants with restricted sleep ate more at night, gained weight and experienced decreases in insulin sensitivity.
Moreover, those who enjoyed hours of recovery sleep on the weekend underwent some minor improvements that disappeared when the restricted sleepy.
Getty ImagesEl Council of the authors of the study is that the regularity in sleep is important. So, although most sleep on weekend can help the body to recover, the study says that these effects are transient and do not work in the long run.
“We see no benefit in any metabolic results in people who could sleep the weekend,” says Chris Depner, also author of the study and Professor of integrative physiology.
In fact, with regard to sensitivity to insulin, the group that was able to recover hours of sleep the weekend got the worst results, even more than those who had restricted sleep every day that the study.
The importance of the regular Council of the authors of the study is that the regularity in sleep is important.
“This study shows the importance of getting enough sleep regularly,” says Michael Twery, director of the National Center for sleep disorders research (NCSDR). “Sleep schedules frequently change is a form of stress associated with metabolic abnormalities.”
Thus, the best way to help our health is sleep seven hours as many nights as possible, according to the authors.
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