You actually can’t make up for lost sleep

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to understand how important it is to get sufficient sleep. I assume that some people can do with less and some need more, but I need, in general, eight hours.

For example, it may only be me, but I’ve noticed that just before I get a cold, flu, or just a sort of under-the-weather thing, I sleep less well than normal As if the first thing the germs do is prevent a good night’s sleep, so the body is weakened and can’t prevent the infection.

Anyway, Instapundit has a link to an article about one of the myths of sleep. A quote (of another quote):

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…

And one of the things the article confirms is that

what I’ve since come to learn is that all of these supposedly time-consuming self-help behaviors we hear about?—?such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, meditating, stretching and taking frequent walking breaks throughout the work day?—?are actually time-saving behaviors.

It’s a quality vs. quantity calculation. Self-care activities might cut into your work time, but practicing them ensures you’ll be sharper and more productive during the hours you do spend working.

I can’t speak to the efficacy of meditation, stretching, or walking breaks at work, but I’ve found that getting enough sleep is important.

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