You have not slept enough lately and you think that you will easily catch up on lost sleep… during the weekend.
What happens to people who occasionally or chronically sleep less than they ‘should’? They accumulate sleep debt without even realizing it. The sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep people should have and the amount of sleep that people actually get.
What causes the sleep debt in the short term: foggy brain, worsened vision, impaired driving, and trouble remembering; in the long term: obesity, insulin resistance, and heart disease.
Nevertheless, you can tackle sleep debt. If you have not slept enough lately, you should sleep an extra hour or two a night until you catch up. If the issue is chronic, you should sleep more hours for an extended period of time until you fit in your natural pattern.
Sleep researchers believe that genes are the determining factor for people’s sleep patterns which means that you cannot train yourself to sleep less. It is estimated that on average people need 8-hour sleep per night, although, you might be lucky to need just 6… or not so lucky and need 10.