Do you have to totally make up sleep debt or else it will haunt you forever? My example: I slept between 2 and 4 hours each day for the past 6 days. Of course I felt like crap. Today, I just woke up from a 16 hour uninterrupted sleep. I feel better, but still not 100%. Do I have to make up every hour I missed before I start feeling better? What if I never make it up? I'm fairly sure I have hundreds of hours of sleep debt accumulated over the past few years.
My reason for asking: I have an entire week off from work without any kind of family/etc obligations whatsoever. Theoretically, I could sleep 16 hours a day for 8 days. I don't think I'd be able to do that naturally so I'd need to take some sort of sleep aid. Is this a good idea?
I just want to feel bright and chipper... the way I did when I was getting 8 hours a night.
I used to be able to pull all nighters in college and catch up on sleep during the weekends, but no longer as age catches up with me. It's not a good idea to go from oversleeping one night to sleep deprivation the next. You should aim to get a consistent amount nightly.
IME you don't need to replace all the the lost sleep, but you do need a couple of good nights where you wake up naturally after.
This is based on parenting kids that won't fecking sleep for years, to catch up on all the sleep I have missed would take a sleeping beauty type effort and I can't not pee for that long, but I know a couple of nights good sleep and I feel better.