New research shows we should avoid the urge to “sleep in” after a poor night’s sleep. Because the more time we spend in bed BEYOND our normal sleep time, the more likely we are to develop chronic insomnia.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine asked 500 “good sleepers” to track how much time they spent in bed sleeping, and how many hours they lay awake. The result: The more hours people spent in bed overall, the more frequently they had trouble sleeping… And the more likely they were to develop chronic insomnia.
But the study also showed that sleep-deprived people who got up at their regular time, and managed to stay awake until their usual bedtime, tended to return to their normal sleep patterns.