What Causes Sleep Deprivation
There’s literally nothing worse than not getting enough sleep. Waking up tired just makes you want to feel like crawling into bed — and staying there. While it can feel hopeless to deal with chronic sleep deprivation, know that there are a number of things that can help you in your quest for a full night’s sleep. We’ve covered in past blogs the differences in severity for sleep deprivation, but we thought it’d be helpful to cover some of the underlying stressors and causes that can keep you from a good night’s sleep.
Ironically, stress can keep you from enjoying the sleep you need to function. Many times our brain can race when we lie down to try and rest. We can end up tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling and worrying more about the sleep we are losing. Ironically, those feelings can be exasperating your sleep deprivation. Instead of lying there and reveling in your sleeplessness, try getting up and walking around, meditating or reading a book. Those activities can occupy your brain and allow it to reset to a place that is more conducive to sleep. When you start to feel tired, head back to bed and try again. This route is surprisingly effective, and at a minimal cost, is a good way to avoid expensive sleep therapies
Sleep apnea is when your breathing is stopped during sleep. While snoring and tiredness in the morning can be symptoms, it’s commonly misconstrued as strictly snoring, but apnea actually takes place when you stop breathing during your sleep cycle. While this can seem scary, it’s important to know that there are various treatments that can help. Weight loss and a change in your sleeping position are always a good idea, but if problems persist, there are sleep masks and even surgery that can help you get back to sleeping restfully.
Too Much Medication
This one might seem counter-intuitive, but taking sleep aids can actually sometimes exacerbate the problem of insomnia and sleep deprivation. Leaning too heavily on pills can get your body’s hormones out of whack, leading to less good sleep and a reliance on artificial depressants to get to bed. This isn’t just limited to pills, often other substances like drugs or alcohol are also used as sleep aids. While they can be effective initially to get you to bed, often times those effects wear off as the night goes on making waking up in the middle of the night an all too common occurrence. Eliminate this by trying natural cures like essential oils, herbal teas, or even a moderate change in diet.
A Bad Mattress
A bad mattress can sneak up on you. Back problems, uneven sleep, and even an inability to reach deep REM sleep have all been tied to old mattresses. If you feel like you’ve eliminated the other options, but your sleep still isn’t what it used to be, try mixing it up and grabbing a new mattress. It could be the thing keeping you from your best self, and because they’ve never been cheaper, it’s a great time to try one out. Your body will thank you.