Can You Really Catch Up On Sleep?
Some scientists believe that you can catch up on sleep while others believe it’s virtually impossible. Even with naps, an extra hour of sleep the next day, or going to bed earlier the next day - when you lose sleep can you make up for it?
“Research from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that it is nearly impossible to catch up on sleep and improve the effects that chronic sleep loss had on performance, especially in people, where sleep loss drags longer than two nights, such as shift workers or who have irregular hours such as doctors and law enforcement.”
Most sleep experts, scientists and researchers will all tell you that quality sleep is much preferred over quantity. While a 20 minute “cat nap” might recharge those who lose a few hours one week a month, those who are chronically sleep deprived may feel even more tired after trying to make up for sleep with a nap.
The best way to catch up on sleep is to get back to basics:
1. Create a cozy sleep environment. Try sheets like the 37.5 technology driven NuSleep sheets, pillows and blankets. They regulate your temperature all night to keep you from hot flashes or cold chills that might wake you up mid sleep cycle.
2. Avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated teas after 6 p.m.
3. While water is a nice bed side addition for the middle of the night, cut off consumption and hour before bed and use the bathroom before you slumber.
4. Kick the TV and all blue light devices, like smartphones and tablets, out of your bedroom.
5. Implement a bedtime routine. Brush your teeth, get into your favorite pjs, read for 30 minutes, turn off the lights, and kick on a white noise or sound machine.
- Romell Bhaala