Sleep experts warn of 'social jet lag'

Sleep experts warn of 'social jet lag'

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - If you have a regular sleep schedule during the week but turn into a late-night party animal on the weekends, you may be hurting your health.

Sleep experts are calling it "social jet lag;" when your body's biological clock and normal sleep pattern don't match up because of social activities.

Researchers found this pattern is linked to heart disease, depression, and mood swings.

With every one hour of sleep that's shifted, you're about 11-percent more likely to have these health problems.

While keeping to a normal sleep schedule on the weekends is unrealistic, experts say you can minimize social jet lag by going right to bed when you get home.

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