'Banking' a Few Hours of Sleep & Sleep Debt

February 06, 2017


We know we have always advocated for going to bed early but it doesn't mean that we're totally against staying up late. There are lots of instances that can move a person's bed times, especially when the weekends come around and you just want to de-stress. Socializing with friends, traveling, reading a book, indulging in a hobby, going to the movies, and maybe even getting some drinks can be excellent ways to unwind and relax after a stressful week. So, who are we, really, to judge?

We don't campaign for you to stay up til the wee hours, however. Having fun is one thing but incurring a sleep debt is something. If you have a regular, healthy sleeping schedule, sleeping in the next day can do the trick for you. However, those who are already struggling to keep their eyes open while in school or at the office may get in big trouble if they keep on staying up late all the time. Having sleep debt can seriously affect your performance, so if you want to be at the top of your game, getting ample zzz's is key.

So as to not be a killjoy, we're sharing a new trick that you can try if you want to stay up late without adding more hours to your sleep debt. The trick: bank on some hours of zzz's.

According to experts, sleeping in on the day you intend to stay up late can help compensate for the hours you won't spend in bed the following evening. By 'stockpiling' sleep, you can make up for the amount of zzz's you won't get in the night. In a study conducted by researchers from the University of Calgary, getting extra shuteye before a late night out will help boost one's performance, memory recall, and brain function. 

While the study isn't a conclusive one, the study shows much promise in how you can offset your sleep. With the possibility of subscribing to polyphasic sleep, this concept shouldn't be that impossible, right? Give it a go and you might just find an excellent way to spend your weekends without feeling horrible come Monday!

Tags: sleep, banking sleep, saving sleep, sleeping in advance, sleep debt,

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