Gutting through the last of one of those annoying Mondays? I am, anyway. Working towards a deadline and suddenly am very tired and with the rest of the week’s tasks ahead the finish line seems even further away. The weekend just seemed to slip through my fingers this time around, and I’m tired and cranky but still doing what needs to be done. Looked up Monday hatred on the net and found out that there’s a study that suggests a way to improve your crappy Mondays is to NOT sleep in on Saturday and Sunday. Apparently it screws up your body clock. RIIIIGHHT. Isn’t that just perfect. So you can either improve Mondays by not staying up late on weekends and sleeping in and enjoying a nice long dreamy sleep…or you can have nice weekends and have an awful start to the week. I’m still taking the latter. Studies like these are conducted by boring people to convince their friends that being boring is cool. I’m sticking with sleep deprivation and Monday angst. Hey- at least I have the weekend to look forward to. Here’s a cheesy little number by the Bangles about Monday hatred. Enjoy:
here’s that Monday scientific study thingy…
Scientists have discovered a cure for the dreaded Monday morning blues – stop sleeping in on weekends.A new study has found that lazy Saturday and Sunday lie-ins can disturb your body clock, leaving you fatigued at the start of the week.Flinders University sleep expert Leon Lack said people often used the weekend to catch up on sleep lost during the week.But he told the Australasian Sleep Association Conference in Perth that while this might help pay off a “sleep debt”, it came at a cost.
“We’ve discovered that these sleep-ins are actually putting your body out of whack enough to change your Sunday night bedtime and set you up for Monday blues,” Professor Lack told AAP.
His research team tested the theory by tracking 16 people over a weekend, asking them to go to bed a little later than they would on a weeknight but sleeping-in an extra two hours.By comparing saliva samples and hormone tests he found participants’ body clocks had been delayed by 45 minutes.”That might not sound like a lot but it means that you’re not quite as sleepy on Sunday night at the normal bedtime and you’ll be much sleepier the next day,” Prof Lack said.Questionnaires completed on Monday and Tuesday showed much higher levels of self-reported fatigue and tiredness compared with pre sleep in days.This was because the subjects’ circadian rhythms – which determine patterns of alertness and tiredness – had been disturbed, creating an effect similar to jet lag.By mid-week most people manage to get back on track but then they start staying up later, getting into “debt” once again and perpetuating the cycle.
“These days, we’re pushing ourselves a lot, particularly during the week and the weekend is our only refuge,” Prof Lack said.The problem, he says, is that this comes at a price.”It’s a bit like paying off a mortgage – you take out a big one and you’ll have a lot to pay off later on.”
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