The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NUTRITION -

You might not want to waste those pre­cious days off by laz­ing around in bed, but if you want to live longer, sci­ence says you should con­sider snooz­ing through your alarm. Af­ter analysing the sleep­ing habits of more than 43,000 peo­ple, Swedish re­searchers found that if you’re un­der the age of 65 and reg­u­larly clock less than five hours’ sleep a night, your risk of pre­ma­ture death in­creases by 65 per cent. But here’s the good news: If you score a lie-in on your days off, this in­creased risk dis­ap­pears.

Ex­perts think this hap­pens be­cause catch­ing up on lost ZZZs dur­ing the week­end may com­pen­sate for not snooz­ing dur­ing the week. But this isn’t your cue to nap the whole day away. Sleep­ing for more than nine hours can also in­crease your mor­tal­ity risk, so try your best to stick to the sweet spot of seven hours in­stead.

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