Researchers propose that catching up on lost sleep can be essential for better health.
Wired PR News – It has long been proposed that individuals should get on average eight hours of sleep every night. As reported by Molly Webster on Scientific American, making up for lost sleep when one doesn’t get an adequate amount can have numerous health benefits.
As noted in the article, many individuals are said to walk around carrying a “sleep debt” or what researchers identify as excess sleepiness due to shaving off time from the amount of sleep they should be getting. Sleep deprivation reportedly contributes to a number of health issues including depression, obesity, memory loss, heart disease, and other complications.
As noted in the report, individuals who are chronically deprived of sleep can rid themselves of the sleep debt burden by adding on adding on extra sleep time gradually each night. William C. Dement, a psychiatrist and Standford University Sleep Clinic founder, is quoted in the article as stating, “People accumulate sleep debt surreptitiously… When you put away sleep debt, you become superhuman.”
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