After a long, tiring week, the only thing you want to do on Saturday is sleep as late as possible before rolling out of bed for a boozy brunch.
But you might want to reconsider the seemingly harmless (and well-deserved) treat of sleeping in.
Why? Switching up your sleep schedule during the weekend could hurt your sleep quality during the week.
It can be tough to set a sleep routine and stick with it, but it’s super important. And according to sleep scientist Matthew Walker, sleeping until noon on the weekends won't actually make up for a week of bad nights. "Sleep is not like the bank, so you can't accumulate a debt and then try and pay it off at a later point in time," he told NPR. "So the brain has no capacity to get back that lost sleep that you've been lumbering it with during the week in terms of a debt." Sad but true.
On the subject of bad sleep habits we’re totally guilty of, you should also try to reform your snooze button use. Sure, it'll take some getting used to, but training yourself to actually get up when your alarm goes off is so worth it. Why? Every time you hit snooze and drift back to sleep, you start a new sleep cycle that will be interrupted in a few minutes anyway. Since that cycle will end before it’s truly finished, chances are you’ll feel even more tired when you wake up for good.
Trust us, creating healthy sleep habits is absolutely worth it in the long run.