Science Says Lie-Ins Are Better For Women Than Men - And We're Okay With That

Good news if the snooze button is your BFF at the weekend. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that when women indulged in a lie-in it could reduce their risk of diabetes.

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Credit: Unsplash/Annie Spratt

However if men stay in bed for an extra five minutes it has the opposite effect on their risk - proof if any that your male partner/brother/dad/housemate should probably be the one to take the dog out/answer the door to the postman/make a cup of tea (delete as applicable).

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Credit: Unsplash/Gregory Pappas

Scientists were investigating the links between gender, insulin levels and the amount of sleep you have when they made the discovery.

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Credit: Unsplash/Zohore Nemati

Dr Femke Rutters from the VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam explained the findings: "In a group of nearly 800 healthy people, we observed sex-specific relationships between sleep duration and glucose metabolism."

"In men, sleeping too much or too little was related to less responsiveness of the cells in the body to insulin, reducing glucose uptake and thus increasing the risk of developing diabetes in the future."

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Credit: Unsplash/Toa Heftiba

He added: "In women, no such association was observed. This research shows how important sleep is to a key aspect of health."

Credit: Unsplash/Toa Heftiba
Credit: Unsplash/Toa Heftiba

Brb, just going back to bed - we're not taking any chances.

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