People who get “catch-up sleep” on weekends are less likely to have depressive symptoms

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Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you like to wake up?

・Do you typically sleep for longer on days when you’re not working?

How have your sleeping patterns changed over the years?

7. To address this, people often sleep longer on weekends to make up for the sleep deficit accumulated during the workweek. This behavior is prevalent among individuals who do not get sufficient sleep on weekdays due to work, study, or other commitments.

8. The authors analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted in 2017 and 2020. This survey is part of a program designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States and is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

9. The analysis included data from 7,719 participants who completed an assessment of depressive symptoms using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and a questionnaire on sleep disorders. From this, the study authors derived data on weekend catch-up sleep by comparing the times participants reported falling asleep and waking up on weekdays and weekends.

Have you heard any good advice for getting a good night’s sleep? What do you do in the minutes before you sleep?