Clinical

Sleep Debt? It is like placing money in a bank account for the amount of time you sleep.

Will you make up for the sleep you lost the next night? The quick answer is yes. If you have to get up early on a Friday for an appointment, and then sleep on that Saturday, much of your lost sleep will be restored. Sleep is a restorative activity; your brain catalogs knowledge and heals your body as you sleep. It defines what is vital to hang on to, and what can be let go of. Your brain is creating new pathways that will help you navigate the day ahead. Sleeping also heals the blood vessels and heart and strengthens them. That being said, it isn’t quite the same to catch up on a missed night of sleep as having the sleep you need in the first place. It takes extra time for your body to recuperate when you catch up. It takes four days to fully recover from one hour of missed sleep, according to a 2016 Trusted Source research report. Additionally, instead of just once in a while, many Americans who lose sleep do so chronically. This causes a “sleep deficit,” making it more difficult to catch up on sleep and increasing the risk of signs of sleep deprivation.

It is like placing money in a bank account for the amount of time you sleep. It’s removed if you don’t get enough, and has to be repaid. You’re never going to catch up when you have a chronic sleep debt. Losing sleep chronically has the potential to cause many health issues. It can put you at an elevated risk of developing diabetes, a compromised immune system, and hypertension. You may also have higher cortisol levels, a stress hormone. This can contribute to resentment, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Moreover the chance of falling asleep behind the wheel and getting into an accident is enhanced by drowsiness. Not everyone has to sleep for the same amount of hours a night. Some people like nine or more, and some are all right with six or fewer. To find out how much you need, after varying amounts of sleep, take stock of how you feel the next day.

Sleeping as little as possible to get through the day is tempting, and sometimes even encouraged. Deep sleep also takes a back seat in a society that values hard work and commitment. Depriving yourself of adequate sleep, however might potentially make your results worse. Your health may also be affected by it.

SLEEP can be reversed. You can get to bed earlier or stay in bed longer thanks to quick adjustments to your routine. Then you’ll be even more ready for the day ahead.

Categories: Clinical, Mental Health