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Can you make up for the lack of sleep?

First part of this question is quite obvious:
- with naps or sleeping in on the weekends, can I make up some of the sleep I lack at night since most of us have those dreadful 9-5 workdays?

second part (which is harder) is if I realize I have been sleep deprived my whole life (teenage years, and early twenties) (but TONS during college years)
is it possible to make up for those damages later on or has it already set in and is going to permanently effect me?

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  • Aug 19 2013: I guess Lisa, the answer depends on what you have been doing while awake.

    Russell Foster's talk was great in my opinion and he surely explained the importance of sleep very clearly so, all the things we have been doing, maybe all our lives could have been done better, may have been done differently, might not have been done at all. I wonder. So while I know you were referring or at least I thought you were referring to the self inflicted bodily damage we bring on ourselves, there is a no less serious issue of the accrued consequences of habitual sleep deprived behavior as a society.
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      Aug 19 2013: REGARDING: "... accrued consequences of habitual sleep deprived behavior as a society..."

      I agree, and your comment was well stated.
      You seemed to appreciate the importance of context,
      and you also referred to the context of society and social consequences.

      Society also plays an impacting role in reverse, upon individuals.
      Although it may not be a direct problem for everyone
      (like in quieter neighborhoods or for those who are sleep deprived for other reasons),
      the issue of Domestic Tranquility is also an important consideration.

      Again, your point about "... accrued consequences of (habit)..." was a good one.
      Sincerely,
      John "Gusty" of Houston, Texas.

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