Understanding sleep debt
What is sleep debt?
The amount of time you sleep is like putting money in a bank account. Whenever you don’t get enough, it’s withdrawn and has to be repaid. When you’re in chronic sleep debt, you’re never able to catch up.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans need about 7.1 hours of sleep per night to feel good, but 73 percent of us fall short of that goal on a regular basis. This is due to many factors, such as school responsibilities, long work hours, and increased use of electronics like smartphones.