‘Social Jetlag’ Could Be The Reason We’re So Bloody Tired All The Time

Late night drinking and watching Netflix all day is having terrible effects on our health.

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After a hard week at work, a night of drinking on Friday before a weekend watching TV in bed can sound like an absolute dream, right?

We’ll be honest, spending our weekend binge-watching an entire season of House Of Cards with a slight hangover sounds pretty incredible to loaded, but it’s now been revealed that this type of behavior could be having a really negative impact on our health.

More people than ever before are being diagnosed with a condition called “social jetlag”, which is being linked with “poorer health, worse mood, increased sleepiness and fatigue”.

The phenomenon – involving very late nights of heavy drinking followed by late rises and inactive days (aka the dream) – has been likened to actual jetlag, with some saying that it has the same impact on the body as “flying from Paris to New York on a Friday evening and flying back on Monday.”

Netflix and chillAccording to a new study published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, people who suffer from the condition drink more alcohol and caffeine-heavy drinks than most people, and are also more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression.

“These results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health,” said lead author Sierra B. Forbush.

“This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and inexpensive preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems.”

It’s pretty worrying news for a lot of us, and definitely something to bear in mind the next time we’re watching telly over the weekend with a hangover.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.