Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Sleep Debt

I remember reading that you can't really write off the sleep you've missed. That the lack of sleep builds up somehow in your body and results in sleep debt.

Last night I went to sleep at nine and woke up at seven the next day. I swear I could do that for the next month. I'm afraid to find out what my sleep debt is. Some frightful figure I suppose...probably somewhere around 200 hours in the last six months.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

zzzzz, whah? Go to sleep.

Von Krankipantzen said...

This is an interesting post to me because my sleep is so weird and I think about this same thing all the time. I find that I need 10 hours or I am screwed. If I get less then 10 hours I will sleep that extra amount the following day on top of my 10 hours. If I go long term sleep deprived I literally get dizzy, lose my voice and gain weight amongst other strange symptoms. I am insanely jealous of those who can go without sleep and/or don't sleep very much.

Sleep is facinating.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I can do that too. I actually think it's my winter sleep cycle. Gets so darn dark now so early!

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

~Deb

Anonymous said...

Could that be one reason why the young and the old(er) seem to require more sleep I wonder?

The young attempting to stockpile a few hours, and the old(er) playing catch-up?

Interesting....

jin said...

Oh-Oh!
I must be
(sleep)bankrupt!!!
:-S
Hahahaha!!!!

Seriously tho, I can go 6 days/nights straight with 4-5 hours per night (maybe even managing one night in there with 1.5-2 hours) but on day 7 I will end up with one killer headache until I go to sleep...then I can sleep for 15 straight hours w/o moving!

Actually...that's my week this week...Saturday will be day 7. UGH. But I'm not foolish...I close for 2 weeks straight after Saturday! YAY!!!
(Excluding a few New Years orders for my best customers.)

Hope you & your family have a wonderful holiday season evi!

jodi said...

Hope you have gotten some more sleep.
Merry Christmas!

Writermama said...

I think about my sleep debt all the time. I'm actually glad you're body won't let you write it off. That's what I love about nature--it refuses to bend to the rules of accounting.

Now you've inspired me to make an effort to get more sleep.... Just realized I wrote "effort" and "sleep" in the same sentence. Sigh.