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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 23 2013: One cannot make up for chronic sleep loss which seems to be your case.

    If one does an occasional all-nighter, they can make up for it on another day though.
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      Aug 24 2013: Hi Tali, could you tell me what makes you say "One cannot make up for chronic sleep loss" please?
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        Aug 31 2013: Hi John,

        That's what I have learned from reading research findings on this subject. It means that the damage has been done and you cannot fix it. Does that make sense? That is why it is so important to get enough as often as one can.

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