December 2020 | Reviewed by: Virginia Skiba, MD and Andrea Matsumura, MD
What is insufficient sleep syndrome?
Insufficient sleep syndrome occurs when you regularly fail to get enough sleep at night. It is a result of choices you make that push your bedtime later than when your body expects you to fall asleep. You are normally unaware that you need more sleep than you are getting. Some common examples are staying up to finish a movie, using your phone in bed, and reading a book that keeps you from getting sleep.
Sleep debt can also be due to responsibilities at work, school and home. Trying to catch up on your sleep over the weekends is usually not enough to make up for your insufficient sleep the rest of the week.
The result is sleep deprivation. This keeps you from feeling alert and well-rested during the day.