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Poll: Have you paid your sleep debt yet?
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Yes
16.28%
7 16.28%
No
37.21%
16 37.21%
Not sure
27.91%
12 27.91%
Whats sleep debt
18.60%
8 18.60%
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Have you paid your sleep debt yet?
#11
(08-17-2012, 10:35 PM)Sleepster Wrote: You do want to avoid sitting in front of a monitor in the evening before bedtime. Like I'm doing right now. Oops!

But seriously, if you do have insomnia the light from the monitor tells your brain it's not time for sleep. Part of good sleep hygiene is paying attention to the amount of light entering your eyes. Low light levels tell the brain that it's sleep time. High light levels tell the brain that it wake time.

I usually wake up a couple of times during the night...but try to avoid any light. We do have nightlights in the house so I can safely navigate to the bathroom without turning on a light...and I typically am able to get back to sleep.

Most people read before bed...a good book will keep me awake, LOL...so I play mind numbing easy games on my iPad til I fall asleep.

Liz

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#12
The concept of Sleep Debt is interesting in that it is impossible to 'bank' sleep in advance.

I seem to need about 6 hours a night and if I go back to sleep to try to get some more after initially waking up I have very bad quality sleep for that hour or so.
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#13
I think we can bank sleep in advance. After a long vacation I have a store and do not feel sleep deprived for the next few weeks. On the other hand, if I travel on my vacation I have just the opposite. A sleep debt that takes a few nights to pay back. Sometimes more.
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#14
Like the national debt in the USA, I don't think I'll ever be able to pay off my sleep debt. Having had poor sleep for many years has taken its toll on my health, aging process, quality of life, mood, productivity, etc. Repaying the sleep debt can't turn back the clock on all of those years of lost productivity nor fully my health and lost opportunities, even though it can help slow deterioration as I try to move forward with my life.
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(08-21-2012, 09:31 AM)BabyDoc Wrote: Like the national debt in the USA, I don't think I'll ever be able to pay off my sleep debt. Having had poor sleep for many years has taken its toll on my health, aging process, quality of life, mood, productivity, etc. Repaying the sleep debt can't turn back the clock on all of those years of lost productivity nor fully my health and lost opportunities, even though it can help slow deterioration as I try to move forward with my life.

Ah I feel the same way. However, there's new hope that the future will be better than it would have been if I had never been diagnosed. I was developing a plethora of problems, and though i don't expect the wrinkles to go away, I'm hoping some of the other issues will. Since getting the CPAP I've had the best blood pressure readings I've had in years.
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(08-21-2012, 09:37 AM)eaglett1111 Wrote:
(08-21-2012, 09:31 AM)BabyDoc Wrote: Like the national debt in the USA, I don't think I'll ever be able to pay off my sleep debt. Having had poor sleep for many years has taken its toll on my health, aging process, quality of life, mood, productivity, etc. Repaying the sleep debt can't turn back the clock on all of those years of lost productivity nor fully my health and lost opportunities, even though it can help slow deterioration as I try to move forward with my life.

Ah I feel the same way. However, there's new hope that the future will be better than it would have been if I had never been diagnosed. I was developing a plethora of problems, and though i don't expect the wrinkles to go away, I'm hoping some of the other issues will. Since getting the CPAP I've had the best blood pressure readings I've had in years.

After four months of therapy I have been able to cut my hypertension meds in half, and I also need half as much insulin as before. I don't think either problem caused significant premature aging because both were perfectly controlled before. I know my body is generally working better now, so there may be other more subtle health issues that have aged me more than I should have.
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#17
We can never be young again, so in that sense we can never fully pay back a sleep debt that's accrued over many years or decades.

We can pay part of it back, though, and that's a lot to be thankful for. Think of all the other people in the past who never had a chance to realize this benefit, and all those in the present who don't.

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