Sleep deprivation is the state you get into when you don’t get enough sleep. It can be chronic or acute and it is never pleasant.
Sleep deprivation can have serious consequences your mind and body and can lead to impulsive behavior, depression, paranoia or even suicidal thoughts.
You should always do everything you can to not be deprived of sleep but sometimes there is nothing you can do about. It is possible that you are new mother who needs to spend her every moment with her child or somebody climbing the corporate ladder.
If that is the case, and there isn’t anything you can do about it, you will need to find a way to endure it.
Enduring sleep deprivation is possible and there are a number of ways you can do that.
Keep your wits about you
Sometimes it can be hard to stay focused and disciplined under the best of circumstances, let alone when you are sleep deprived. But that is precisely what you need to do.
Get rid of the self-doubt and believe in yourself. Stay sharp and keep your goals in your mind at all times. You might get a bit dizzy or the world might feel like it is going to fall apart but that is just your body telling you that you need to sleep. Push through it.
Keeping your wits about is an essential tactic when it comes to enduring sleep deprivation and if you can’t manage that, you won’t be able to implement any other ones.
Know your limits
As important as it is to keep pushing yourself and staying sharp, it is also important to know when you can’t take it anymore. You are a human being and not a robot and you need to remember that fact at all times.
When you feel that you are about to lose it, don’t try to be a hero. That won’t do anybody any good. Get some rest and seek help from others if you need to. There is no shame in it and we all need a little help now and then.
Stay away from sedatives, coffee and phones
Taking a pill won’t help you in the long term. Chances are it won’t do you any good even short-term. Sometimes you have to let nature run its course.
If you are a coffee lover, make sure that you only drink it in the morning and try to keep your doses small. Yes, it will give you that energy boost you need so much but if your body is already past its limit when you drink, it will only make your irritable and edgy.
Most of us go to sleep nowadays with our phones in our hands. Even with the blue light filters and lowered brightness they will keep us awake. If you are not getting enough sleep the worst thing you can do to yourself is to keep yourself awake longer than you need to be.
Get yourself a good mattress
The importance of the right mattress cannot be stressed enough. When it is time to go to sleep, you need to make the most of it and a right mattress is essentially for that.
Get the best mattress that money can buy and thank me latter. A bad mattress will not only make you take longer to fall asleep, it will also lower the quality of your sleep, as somebody who is sleep deprived you can not afford not to get the possible mattress.
Make a plan
Enduring sleep deprivation is not a permanent solution and none of these tips can keep you going indefinitely. You need to get your sleeping habits in order and you need to do it today.
The first step to achieving that is to come up with a plan. What are you going to change in your life and how you are going to change it are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself.
Make a plan and stick with it because nobody can live forever with sleep deprivation.