Let's say that after a period of sleeping perfectly, I sleep for the following amount of hours on some consecutive days. (Let's say the optimal hours I sleep is 8 hours. For the sake of simplicity, all the hours of sleep have equal quality.)
How tired would I be at the end compared to the other option? How much sleep deprivation would I need to get in one night to get a similar level of sleep deprivation as the several consecutive nights?
- 6 hours one night, and 6 hours the next
- versus 7, 7, 7, 7
- 6, 7
- versus 7, 6
- 9, 7
- versus 8, 8
I'm fairly sure it's not just a simple sum of debt. There was an experiment that showed that two weeks of sleeping six hours a night was equivalent to staying up all night. Is there some formula or some general principles to go by then?