Sleep debt: What it means for you?

Sponsored content: Craving some much-needed shut-eye?

You are not alone.

Up to 45%¹ of Aussies report having a poor sleep pattern which translates to excessive sleepiness or what the experts call “sleep debt²”.  

What is sleep debt? 

You lose hours of sleep each weeknight and decide to sleep-in on the weekends to help recoup the lost hours. Come the new week, you are still carrying around excessive sleepiness or what the experts deem sleep debt. Sleep debt refers to how much shut-eye you “owe” your body.   

Are you in sleep debt? 
It’s easy to make sleep a last priority when everyday life is busy. Yet depriving yourself of sleep can hinder your daily activities, pose danger when you are on the road and impact your health in the long run. Some telltale signs³ include moodiness, fatigue, irritability and brain fogginess. Luckily, sleep debt is reversible.

Tips for catching up on lost sleep

  • Try taking a power nap for 20 minutes in the early afternoon.
  • Sleep-in on the weekends, but no more than two hours past the normal time you wake up.
  • Sleep more for one or two nights.
  • Go to bed a little earlier the following night.

How to get enough sleep

  • Set a sleep schedule.
  • Consider the light, noise and temperature of the room to create a sleep-inducing environment.
  • Stop using electronics at least one hour beforehand.
  • Ensure you have the right sleep support and comfort. Let Snooze Profiler® help find a bed that suits you. Visit your local Snooze store to find out more.

We thrive to be better versions of ourselves but we forget it’s a good night’s sleep that lets us do those things in the first place.

So, before you hit the road, remember to get enough sleep so you can enjoy the journey.

It's amazing what a little Snooze can do.

These are general recommendations and it is strongly suggested you reach out to your local doctor for professional advice.

 

Citation

  1. Australia, We Have A Sleep Deprivation Problem - www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/02/07/australia-we-have-a-sleep-deprivation-problem_a_21708513/
  2. Sleep Debt: Can You Ever Catch Up? - www.healthline.com/health/dr/sleep-deprivation/sleep-debt
  3. Symptoms of sleep deprivation - www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/307334#symptoms-of-deprivation