When you’re suffering from sleep deprivation it can be difficult to know what to do or where to turn. This article takes you through the various sleep deprivation treatments to help you end your sleep deprivation.
Make Time for Sleep
Make sure you give yourself a chance to get your recommended hours of sleep. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need less sleep than you do. It’s true that some people can get by on just 3 hours sleep, but these people represent less than 1% of the total population. It’s not possible to train yourself to require less sleep, but you can get all the sleep you need in slightly less time by improving your sleep quality.
If you’re one of those people who think sleep is a waste of time, have a read of the article effects of sleep deprivation. Sleep is crucial to our health and wellbeing. There’s nothing we can do to replace our need for sleep. But getting enough sleep also provides us with huge benefits.
If you’re tempted to stay up all night watching TV or using your smartphone, make your bedroom a technology free zone. Make getting enough sleep your top priority.
Improve your Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene is the commonly used term for your sleep habits. The better your sleep habits, the better your sleep hygiene, and the easier it is to fall asleep at night.
The two top benefits of good sleep hygiene are:
- Being able to fall asleep faster – No more wasting time trying to fall asleep.
- Improves your sleep quality – Sleep the whole night and wake up feeling refreshed.
Common sleep tips include:
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed
- Sleeping in a comfortable bed
- Wake up at the same time each day
- Have a stress free wind down period before bed
Evaluate for Insomnia
If you have problems falling asleep and staying asleep and you’ve already tried using a few tips to improve your sleep hygiene, it may be a sign of a larger insomnia problem. Check to see if you have any of the symptoms of insomnia.
Insomnia can be caused by a number of things. Finding the cause of your insomnia is important because the correct course of treatment varies depending on the cause.
The solution to insomnia is often to:
- Improve your sleep environment
- Use techniques to help you drift off to sleep
- Develop a strong sleep schedule
If you think you know what the cause of your insomnia might be, head to the how to sleep better section of this site and read the articles you believe will help you most. If you’re unsure about what could be causing it, head over to causes of insomnia.
Evaluate for Other Sleep Disorders
A sleep disorder is a medical condition that in some way affects your sleep. If you think you sleep for long enough but still feel sleepy during the day, something could be either:
- Affecting your sleep quality – Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
- Causing you to have an abnormal need for sleep – Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy
But first rule out the common causes:
- Caffeine from coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks
- Sugary food before bedtime
It’s also possible that another medical condition could be affecting your sleep such as depression or any condition that causes pain. Certain forms of medication can also affect sleep.
If you’re at all concerned that a medical problem could be causing sleep deprivation, go and see your doctor. They will be able to run a series of tests and get to the bottom of the problem.