Always Tired? New Research Says “Social Jet Lag” is Why

posted: 06/12/17
by: Kristine Boyd
Tired woman at office desk

You pat yourself on the back after making it through the week sticking to a good sleep schedule. Then the weekend comes around and late night plans with friends throw off your successful sleeping streak. It is not news that staying up until 2 a.m. throws our bodies off and makes us feel tired the next day. But new research suggests that this sleeping pattern may not only cause fatigue, but may cause serious health risks.

Sleep experts told UPI that they are referring to this as social jet lag which is, "a mismatch between your body's biological clock and your actual sleep pattern due to social activities." This phenomenon occurs because our body gets in a good, healthy sleep routine throughout the week, then is thrown off on the weekends. This cycle forces your body to recalibrate your internal sleeping clock.

Beautiful young woman with sleeping mask holding alarm clock. She is tired and lazy in morning.

According to ScienceDaily, recent research published in the academic journal Sleep, stated that "social jet lag is associated with poorer health, heart disease, worse mood, and increased sleepiness and fatigue." This sleep cycle can also put you at a higher risk for diabetes and obesity.

This is an issue, not just for those staying up late on the weekends, but those who sleep in on the weekends as well. Many people naturally can't fall asleep until late hours in the night. Yet, these people have to wake up early in the morning to get to work or school. Therefore, they are deprived of sleep and make up for it on the weekend by sleeping in late. This throws off your body's clock just as much as staying out late on Saturday night.

This new research is not saying to avoid having fun with friends on the weekend. Rather, it is informing the public to make sleep a priority and try to get a sleep schedule that works for you and your lifestyle.