Scientists have announced that oversleeping is bad for our health, effectively ruining the weekends of billions of people worldwide. We hope your last one was a great one.</br></br>Sugar is bad, caffeine is bad, alcohol is bad, sitting for too long <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/sitting-for-too-long-can-kill-you-even-if-you-exercise-study-1.2918678">is <em>really</em> bad</a> (even if you exercise!) and now, apparently, we can’t even sleep in without increasing the risk of imminent death.</br></br><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/fancy-a-liein-on-weekends-new-study-finds-it-could-lead-obesity-and-diabetes-9990661.html">A new study in New Zealand</a> reveals that sleeping in on the weekends can cause a chronic metabolic disturbance – jauntily referred to as “social jetlag” – and it can dramatically increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and even cancer. The problem, researchers say, occurs in people who rise early and sleep less through the workweek and then binge-sleep on their days off.</br></br>Even though it’s our understanding that this is what weekends are for, we’ve come up with a few ideas to combat this so-called social jetlag:</br></br><strong>1. Enjoy more relaxing weekend evenings. </strong></br></br>It’s an easy equation to understand: We wear ourselves out trying to have fun on the weekends because, duh, we’ve been working all week and this is our only chance! The trouble, of course, is that we end up feeling like we need a weekend to recover from our weekend.</br></br><em>Tip:</em> Get more out of your Saturday and Sunday mornings by dialing down the ruckus Friday and Saturday night. That way you might actually <em>want</em> to get up earlier and enjoy a fuller, more energized day off.</br></br><strong>2. Schedule a commitment you’ll feel bad about breaking, and even better about making.</strong></br></br>A lot of the time, sleeping in is something we do when we don’t have anything better to do. And, that’s a darn good reason if ever there was one. But, sometimes all we need to get moving is something to look forward to …</br></br><em>Tip:</em> It could be church, breakfast with a good friend or getting first dibs at the farmer’s market – anything that motivates you to get up a little earlier. The trick is that, whatever it is, <em>you find it more enjoyable than sleeping in</em>.</br></br><strong>3. Sign up for something that costs money.</strong></br></br>For some, there’s no greater motivator than the prospect of lost value. Somewhat counter to #2, which emphasizes enthusiasm, this method employs a dash of negative reinforcement.</br></br><em>Tip: </em>Buy tickets to a morning event or pay for a class that only has morning openings to get you up and out of bed instead of sleeping through your investment.</br></br>The hope is that using these tips for a couple months will lead to better habits and healthier, fuller weekends without the social jetlag. Good luck!