Lack of sleep leads to a condition called “sleep debt”, which is the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep, whether it is partial (less than 8 hours a night) or total (amount of sleep over weeks). Sleep does not work like your phone plan’s rollover minutes. The benefits of sleep occur from consistently getting a good night’s rest. You can’t get 6 hours one night and 10 hours the next to equal an average of 8 hours because you have created a sleep debt that could take weeks to repay.
The following are some of important facts that we know about sleep debt: (more…)