There is finally some good news for those of us who don’t get enough sleep. Josh King explains:
It’s no secret that unpleasant things happen when we don’t get enough sleep. On the surface it can make us more irritable, but it can also have long term affects like an increased risk of dementia.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t get the sleep we need due to work, social commitments, or behaviours like binge-watching our favourite shows. This means a lot of us are guilty of the weekend lie-in.
Previous research has revealed how trying to play catch-up with our sleep is a pretty bad idea. Sleep scientist Matthew Walker put it this way:
“Sleep is not like the bank. You can’t accumulate a debt and pay it off at a later point in time. If I were to deprive you of sleep an entire night, and then in a subsequent night give you all the sleep you want, you never get back all that you’ve lost. You will sleep longer, but you will never achieve that full eight-hour repayment. The brain has no capacity to get back that lost sleep.”