Are you sure you remembered to send your boss that email? Are you so tired you can’t remember if you’d written everything down on your calendar for the next day or week?
The effects of sleep deprivation can be far-reaching, and can play a big role in our lives when we’re simply exhausted. Making sleep a priority can sometimes be a real challenge – especially for parents with young children – but it’s important. There are many negative effects from not getting enough restful sleep.
“You need sleep as much as you need to breathe and eat. While you’re sleeping, your body is busy tending to your physical and mental health and getting you ready for another day,” according to one health and wellness online publication, Healthline. Sleep deprivation can cause bad moods and even disorientation, along with a multitude of other symptoms including short-term memory issues. Getting from seven to nine hours of sleep per night is widely recommended by many health authorities. Since we know how important sleep is, and we’re aware of the negative impact of sleep deprivation, what are some ways to try and work more sleep into our busy lives? Trying some of the following ideas may possibly help:
Consistent routine – Establishing a consistent schedule can help get the mind and body on track. This is particularly important for people with extremely hectic schedules with high-activity levels, like parents and career professionals. Sometimes, after getting a routine where going to bed at the same time every night happens, it may be easier to start falling asleep consistently every night. In some cases, having the right schedule can play a big role in getting enough rest.
Treating insomnia – Sleep deprivation can also be caused involuntarily by insomnia. This can be addressed by talking with your primary doctor or other health care professional, along with some over-the-counter sleep remedies and natural supplements. Insomnia can be a real barrier to overcome sleep deprivation, and waiting a while to address the issue with a healthcare professional can make life harder in the meantime.
Cosy comfort – Having a nice, calm and clean environment can also help people get to sleep faster. Making sure bed linens are comfortable, with a dark room that is at a comfortable temperature can work wonders for some people in dire need of getting sleep. A loud room with lots of lights on can create a feeling of chaos and stress, making it extremely difficult to fall asleep. This can be a real challenge for people with young children that can often seem to be full of boundless energy at many hours of the day and night. Putting these youngsters to bed earlier and making sure they’re asleep first can help parents get to sleep more easily, since the children are not just in the bed, but are actually asleep.
Relax – Some sleep researchers recommend trying to relax and practice relaxation techniques to calm down and put the day’s stresses behind you so that you can rest. If there are still constant worries on the mind, it can cause the person trying to fall asleep to toss and turn, instead of sleep. Meditation has also been documented to help people relax enough to be able to begin falling asleep. Sometimes a hot bath before bed can also help calm muscles and relieve stress in the body. Also, try to keep the television and radio off to create a quieter environment. Putting away electronic devices or turning them off may also work.