Every once in a while, we like to have some alone time in bed on a day we’re not working. 

According to Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a sleep researcher at Stockholm University in Sweden, catching up on sleep during the weekends is actually beneficial for your health. 

So a lie in can be somewhat beneficial to you on a day off, but how exactly do you do it right?

First things first, you need to establish a good time to get out of bed. You shouldn’t have too long a lie in, otherwise you would most likely oversleep and that will rewind any of the health benefits that lying in may give to you. If you usually get up at around 7-8am, why not stay in bed until 9-10am?

If you feel the urge to touch your phone and check social media, don’t. Checking your phone can hinder your relaxation and wake up your brain too quickly.

Blinds should be fully opened, so that you can feel the natural light on your face as you wake up. This should slowly get you to rise, as an alarm wakes you up too quickly and will disturb you out of your slumber. Also, no one likes being woken up by an alarm, do they?

Once you’re finished with your lie in, get up slowly and just take it all in. A good breakfast will also benefit you radically during the day.