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How To Catch Up On Sleep

8:26 AM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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We're coming off a holiday weekend, and many of you had yesterday off work. No doubt, some of you got a few extra hours of sleep, but if you didn't and feel sleep deprived you're not alone.
The Center for Disease Control says more than 40 million people have some sort of sleep disorder.

We want to help you with this and brought in an expert to give you some tips. Christy Hall is a registered Respiratory Therapist and works at the Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Center at Annie Penn Hospital. She broke down the different ways you can catch up on sleep.

Sleep binging is when you get little sleep during the week, but will sleep for 10-13 hours on the weekend. Doctors say this works in the short term.

Sleep banking is when you sleep for several hours days in advance so you're not sleep deprived later. For example, if you have a big event coming up, like having a baby, you can sleep 10 hours a day for many days before the event and won't feel sleepy.

Social jet lag is when you change your routine sleeping habits for the weekend. Your body gets confused by the change, but researchers say that "just woken up daze" doesn't last long. It passes in a few minutes, but the benefits from sleep last for hours. 

Napping - Doctors say taking a 25 minute nap every day at the same time is ideal. A scheduled nap is the healthiest thing you can do for your body. It's better than catching up or banking on sleep.

All of these tips are from The Wall Street Journal.



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