Being in debt is never a great feeling, whether it’s staring at a large credit card balance in the mail or dealing with the effects of a mounting sleep debt.
But what even is sleep debt, and what does it mean?
It’s a simple concept. Sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep you get each night and the amount you should be getting. (For adults, I typically recommend getting about 7.5 hours of sleep each night.)
Your sleep debt increases every time you trim a few minutes off your usual sleep schedule, in the same way, your credit card debt increases each time you go on a late night Amazon shopping spree. No judgment, I’ve been there, too.
And if you’re suffering from sleep debt, you’re not alone: a 2020 study found that Americans are averaging less than 6 hours of sleep each night. And even some sleep debt can be dangerous, leading to long-term health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, increased stress levels, and a weaker immune system. `
The good news is that …