If you're like me, you long for those weekend days where you can actually sleep in and not have to worry about an alarm. It feels like you're making up for the 5 days during the week where you have to get up early, right?
Well, maybe not.
According to the Journal of Neuroscience and TIME.com:
Missing sleep may lead to brain damage, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience on Tuesday.
Many assume that naps and sleeping in on weekends can help you catch up on your “sleep debt,” but that strategy won’t fix the damage you’ve already done to your brain, says neuroscientist Sigrid Veasey from the University of Pennsylvania.
Inconsistent sleep patterns may be hurting your brain, and making up for lost sleep on the weekends doesn't help, according to new research. “This is the first report that sleep loss can actually result in a loss of neurons,” Veasey says.
Well that's disappointing. It's still going to feel freaking amazing to sleep in every chance I get.