Sleep Debt


I came across this term today (sleep debt) and thought it was worth a blog post. We hear a lot about debt and loans, negative equity etc… it would be interesting to find out just how many of us are in sleep debt and if there’s any correlation between sleep debt and financial status…

I’m in sleep debt

I know i’m in sleep debt. I ‘borrow’ about 1-2 hours a day from what is supposed to be my allocated sleep time (8 hours) but i struggle to pay it back. I know i should get more sleep and every morning i tell myself i’ll go to bed earlier tonight, but that’s much easier said than done.

December 22 - 31, 2010
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As a child, i always remember being up early but also going to bed early. I’ve never been comfortable going to bed early, it just doesn’t seem natural for me. I think in an ideal world everyone should ware themselves out and go to bed tired, not because they’re trying to stick to schedules.

I love sleep

These days i never have any problems sleeping. I love sleep. I love the thought of lying in bed, wrecked and knowing i have absolutely nothing to do for the next 6 or 7 hours. It’s like a timeout for body & mind. Usually, i’m in bed between 2am-3am if i’m off college. Up between 10.00am-11.00am the following morning, that’s my rough schedule. Always 8 hours of sleep.

During college, it’s bed about 1am, up at about 7am, so i usually get less than 6 hours of sleep every night. I know it’s not ideal but that’s just the way it is and has been throughout college. It works relatively well for me. I’m never so tired that i sleep in or can’t concentrate. However i do notice my work rate & enthusiasm for anything drop significantly when i’m tired. That’s when i know i’m in sleep debt and need to do something about it…

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