Sleep debt works just like financial debt. Before you realize it, you have a serious problem. You build up sleep debt throughout the week. There are numerous medical studies that prove prolonged lack of sleep can lead to many serious problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, digestive problems, diabetes, sleep apnea, and even stroke.
“Our alertness level is even more impacted by several days of reduced sleep. If we miss 1-2 hours of sleep over 6-7 consecutive nights, our alertness level drops to dangerously low levels. As many as 15-20% of all transportation accidents are fatigue-related.”
This creates a destructive cycle that can be difficult to reverse.