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12 health “myths” that turned out to be true

We all used to think these were ridiculous myths. Now, new science proves they’re true. Make sure your health knowledge is up to date.

Catching up on sleep
Catching up on sleep
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True: You can catch up on sleep on the weekend
The negative effects of not getting enough sleep on a regular basis have been well documented – from impaired performance and concentration to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even early death – and for a long time, scientists insisted that you couldn’t “make up” missed sleep. But Swedish researchers are challenging that idea. They found that people who slept for five hours or less each night had a 65 percent higher chance of dying before those who regularly got six or seven hours; however, people who slept five hours a night on weekdays, but longer on weekends, lived just as long as those who slept longer every night. Meanwhile, we debunk eight myths about sleep. 



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