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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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  • Gord G 50+

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    Aug 23 2013: If you had a good time, you weren't deprived. If the experience broadened your understanding, you weren't deprived. If you regretted it the next day, you weren't deprived.

    It seems to me, sleep is a self regulating biological imperative subjugate to individuation. In other words ... you didn't sleep because you were captivated by life.

    I think physiological deprivation only occurs when we attempt to regulate our cycles artificially. Pay the piper for your night of revelry ... and the body adjusts.

    ...or maybe I'm rationalizing my college years. ;-)
    • Aug 26 2013: ..it would be a self-regulating biological imperative if we did not have lightbulbs, TV, coffe, 'keep-awake pills' etc..........
      • Aug 26 2013: True Christina. That's what I meant by pay the piper. The body will adjust naturally if we don't artificially force ourselves to stay awake the next day to compensate for the lack of sleep.

        Modern life allows us to extend waking hours indefinitely. But our bodies have a very short tolerance for lack of sleep.

        To clarify: If the day after a late night party a person listens to their body and rests, I think there is little harm done. But I think habitual artificially induced wakefulness can cause health problems over a lifetime. The trick is knowing when to rest. And since our physiological needs vary, the best approach is paying attention to our natural rhythms.

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