The correct answer to this question is Yes. That yes does come with a condition, though. People are able to make up any sleep that they lost, as long as the loss has not exceeded 20 hours. For example, if a person lost four hours asleep between Tuesday and Wednesday, they could take a nap on Saturday to make up for it.
However, if between Monday and Friday, a person lost 24 hours of sleep, it would be impossible to make that up. When any sleep is lost, it is important to make it up as soon as possible so that the body can recharge and rejuvenate.
Yes, you can make up for sleep loss. Sleep debt is the term that explains the difference between the amount of sleep you should be getting and the amount you actually get.
However, it is important to know that you cannot fully make up for the lost time. You can catch up and bounce back once you maintain a steady sleep schedule. It can take a couple of days and even a few weeks to return to a normal pattern of sleep.
If you have a sleepless night, having a nap the next day can help reverse some of the negative effects caused by sleep deprivation. If you are trying to make up for sleep lost, go to bed early and wake up at your normal time.
People can make up for lost sleep on another day if in case they do not get enough sleep in one day. The amount of sleep that you can recover can be different day after day. Take note, though, that if you lose more than a few hours of sleep, you can never recover that anymore.
There are even some people who say that for every hour of sleep that you lose, you would need to recover that in about four days. Just imagine if you only get about three hours of sleep every night. It would take you about a month before you can fully recover from your lack of sleep.
People can sometimes make up for lost sleep on another day; however, the measure of sleep lost and retrieved may not be the same. If the amount of sleep that is missing is more than a few hours, not all of it can be retrieved. Naturally, our bodies attempt to recover as much of deep sleep and REM sleep that is lost and may forego other stages of sleep.
You can catch up on lost sleep if you achieve it within a few days, for example, if you did not sleep soundly last night, try to get to bed early tonight, and you can probably make up for that lost sleep.
People will always get the chance to get back the sleep that they have lost as long as they have not gone beyond 20 hours for an entire week. For example, you lost about three hours of sleep today. You can sleep more during the weekend. Add another three hours to your sleep, and you are bound to feel better.
If you lose more than 20 hours, though, you can expect that you will start to feel more tired than usual. Things that are supposed to be easy for you are now harder to do. Expect that it will take your body more time before it can completely recover from the loss of sleep.