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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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    Sep 2 2013: Sleep Less Live More Book

    This book was great for me. The method described to reduce the amount of sleep you need may not work for everyone, but I definitely had great results with it. For three years (until I got into my hectic college schedule) I slept exactly 5-and-a-half hours per night, by the book's method, and I had more energy and was more productive than ever. When I get back to having a normal schedule, I am going to start using this book's method again.
    Be aware however, that the change doesn't happen over night. It took me almost a year to get down from 8.5 hours of sleep to 5.5 per night. You also need to practice a pretty rigidly defined lifestyle (with a set bed-time and no snoozing the alarm clock) to have any success.


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