How to repay sleep debt?

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I have moved out of my parents house, and to a new city a week ago. I have acquired about 18 hours of sleep debt within the week's time. This was due to the combination of stress and excessive partying. The sleep deprivation just kicked in and I feel exhausted, and I can't think clearly.
What can I do to get back to a normal state as soon as possible? Could I repay my sleep debt by taking sleeping pills, to force myself sleep off the hours I've lost?
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No, you cannot repay "sleep debt". Sleeping for 24 hours straight wouldn't be equivalent to sleeping 8 hours for 3 nights; you can't just "sleep more" to make up for it.

The solution is really simple. Get back into a schedule. It's fine to party, or work later, some nights but if you do it regularly your sleep schedule will need to change to accommodate. Make it less of a common occurence and get to sleep at a more regular time.
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No easy way to 'repay' sleep debt. Best solution I could offer is get yourself back into a good sleep routine. Don't sleep during the day as you'll mess up your circadian rhythm. Try to keep active whilst awake, so that you will sleep when you go to bed. Stay away from sleeping pills, they're a temporary fix and won't help in the long run. Maybe try going to bed at say 10 tonight, get up at 8 or so tomorrow but don't have too much of a lay in so that you'll be ready to sleep come bedtime tomorrow. Try and stick to a consistent sleep duration as well, personally I find 7.25 hours is about my sweet spot, between 6 - 8 hours works for most people.
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Thank you both for your advice. I will definitely put it into practice. 🙂
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Thank you both for your advice. I will definitely put it into practice. 🙂
No worries!
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Why would you need sleeping pills? I thought you were tired?!

Just sleep a bit more tonight and should be fine. I'd stop counting up your "sleep debt" - its meaningless.
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'sleep debt' is meaningless. The solution is to sleep normally.
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