Here’s how sleeping in, drinking alcohol, and being lazy over the weekend can affect next week’s sleep.

By Diana Kelly
March 14, 2016

If you’re among the one-third of Americans who don't catch enough Zzs, you probably don’t need a Sleep Awareness Week to tell you that your sleep bank is showing a deficit. But if you think you can just make up for weekday sleep debts over the weekend, what you might not know is that those habits could actually be wrecking next week’s sleep. “Our bodies try to find patterns,” says Shawn Stevenson, author of Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success ($16, amazon.com). “We usually have somewhat of a routine during the week, but on the weekends, we throw everything to the wind and on Monday morning, it’s extremely difficult to get up early and go to work because you’ve thrown off your normal sleep cycle.” Here, the most common weekend mistakes that can set you up for another week of bleary-eyed zombie hell.

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