Wondering what is Sleep Debt? Don’t worry!
There are tons of different terms in finance and in other parts of life where we experience these terms on a daily basis.
We are already aware of most of the terms we face in everyday life but sometimes, two different terms collide with each other and create new meanings, and those meanings actually are important to your life standard.
One of those terms is sleep debt. Even though it seems like a finance term, it is actually something else.
It focuses on your sleep schedule, how much sleep you get, and the difference between the sleep you get and the sleep you need.
We will talk about sleep debt in this article and explain what it is.
What Is Sleep Debt?
Sleep debt, some also refer to as sleep deficit, is the difference in the amount you sleep and how much you actually sleep every night.
If you sleep less than your body needs, you create a sleep debt or deficit. Just like other debts, if you keep creating debt, these debts add up with time, and your health will have a negative impact from it, creating diseases or lowering your standards of living since you are not getting enough sleep.
To put it into context, if you need eight hours of sleep, but you get six, you create a sleep debt for two hours.
In addition to this, sleep debt is cumulative, so if you do it for three nights in a row, you will have a sleep debt of six hours, which you need to compensate for your body to recover easier.
Sleep deprivation has many negative impacts on the body, and there is not one positive impact on your health.
With sleep debt, you create more sleep deprivation if you let it cumulate for several nights.
If you keep creating this debt and have sleep deprivation, you will feel more tired throughout your day, the ability to focus will depreciate, and you will be more prone to having diseases as your immune system weakens with less sleep.
In addition to all these, your body might create diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other heart diseases as a result of sleep deprivation since your mind and body are not getting the relaxation it needs to recover.
The more you create this debt, the harder and longer it will take to fix it.
To conclude, by sleeping less than you need each night, you create sleep debt since your body accumulates sleep deprivation every time you sleep less than you need.
If you sleep five hours instead of eight, you will have a debt of three hours, and if you do this three more times, your sleep debt will be twelve hours, making you more prone to diseases and other consequences of sleep deprivation like losing focus, feeling tired all the time, weakened immune system, and many more cardiovascular problems both with your brain and your body.
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