Why is Repaying your Sleep Debt Important?

You may not know, but it's scientifically proven that you can repay your sleep if you've lost them. Well, let's do some sleep maths here. I often lost few hours of sleep every few days or week be it if I didn't manage to sleep in time to have my enough 7-8hrs of sleep daily or some of the days my brains are filled with too much stress I have got Insonmias. So let's says if I slept 6hrs per day for a week but my usual "enough sleep" is 8hrs... I actually owe myself 14hrs of sleep and that is somewhat called "sleep debt".

Can You Catch Up on Lost Sleep?

The good news is that, like all debt, with some work, sleep debt can be repaid—though it won't happen in one extended sleep marathon. Tacking on an extra hour or two of sleep a night is the way to catch up. For a few days of changing sleep hours and patterns, it will eventually get back into a natural sleep pattern soon after you clear your debt.

As you erase sleep debt, your body will come to rest at a sleep pattern that is specifically right for you. Sleep researchers believe that genes determine our individual sleeping patterns. That more than likely means you can't train yourself to be a "short sleeper" and you're fooling yourself if you think you've done it. So don't get yourself too extremely tired, it may cause death too.

The short-term consequences of sleep deprivation, which could be losing as little as an hour or two of sleep each night for a week or so, are problems with memory, drowsy, and sometimes being emotional and anxiety. The long-term consequences are even more serious including obesity, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even pre-mature death.  With stakes this high, it is important to know where you stand in terms of your sleep debt. Unfortunately, it's proven that the more tired you are, the less tired you feel.

Over time, the lack of rejuvenation during the night will start to wear down your mind and body. Poor sleeping habits have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease as well as many other diseases.

You are young and healthy, but you want to make sure you stay that way.
Get better sleep, even if it means cutting back on some of your Life's activities.

Does Sleeping counts if I dream?

"Dreams are unconsciouses mind"

There are many possible explanations for your sleep pattern.

It could be that your restlessness is causing you to remember more of your dreams.
It could be that your dreams are contributing to your restlessness.
It could be that some other factor is influencing both.
It could be that the two (feeling unrested and having lots of dreams) are only coincidentally related.

Physiologically sleep is defined as a state our bodies enter into during which brain wave activity changes and our nervous system is less active (we temporarily leave consciousness). But our sleep is not constant throughout the night. We actually cycle through four distinct sleep phases multiple times (it's 5 if you count “awake” as one stage) accordingly to research.

There are two stages of (1) light sleep. The lightest is the stage of sleep you’re likely in if you nod off during a lecture when consciousness is decreased, but the brain is still processing some information around you (sometimes hearing your name multiple times will wake you up). (2) Intermediate light sleep is slightly deeper, which is harder to awaken from.

(3) Deep slow-wave sleep is the next stage of sleep. This is the deepest, most restful, and most restorative stage of sleep when it’s hardest to awaken. If you do get woken up during this stage of sleep you’re likely to feel groggy. And finally, there’s (4) REM sleep (short for “rapid eye movement sleep”), which is when we dream. Our bodies tend to spend more time in restful slow wave sleep earlier in the night when our bodies and minds are most tired. Later in the night we tend to spend more time in REM sleep.

There are some things you can do to minimize the chance of external factors awakening you conscious and unconsciously:

-Using the bed only for sleep (avoid falling asleep on the couch or at the desk).
-Keep a regular routine before bed.
-Try to go to bed and waking up at consistent hours across the week.
 -Avoid alcohol and caffeine four to six hours before bed.
-Avoid spicy, sugary, or heavy foods four to six hours before bed.
-Avoid exercise two hours before bed.
-Keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
-Block out external noise and light (darker opaque curtains, earplugs, blindfold).

Side Effects of Sleep Loss:

-Sleepiness Causes Accidents.
-Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down.
-Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems. ...
-Lack of Sleep Kills Sex Drive.
-Sleepiness Is Depressing.
-Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin.
-Sleepiness Makes You Forgetful.
-Losing Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight.

So remember to repay your sleep if you have sleep loss.

You may also read some sleep topics here:
Understanding Sleep
Short Sleepers May Catch More Colds
32 Solutions for When You Can't Sleep


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