why are you deprived of Sleep

You know the feeling: wake up mid-morning to find that you are feeling entirely too tired to hop up and start your day. There are several ways to respond to this problem, whether by chugging a pint of coffee and slugging through your workday or by hitting that easy-to-reach snooze button on your honking alarm clock and diving back under the covers for some extra Zs. Either way, cutting the problem off at the source by consistently getting a good night’s rest will ultimately make you more alert, aware, and cognizant of your day-to-day activities and routines.

However, knowing whether you are getting enough sleep is not as simple as discovering a ‘magic number’ of hours that perfectly satisfies the amount of sleep necessary for a not-so-drowsy day. The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, and is largely controlled by a range of factors including genetics, age, and health status.

Monitor your “Awake-ness”

One of the surest ways to ensure yourself a good night’s rest is to simply track how you are feeling throughout the day. Pay attention to your levels of tiredness during the waking hours, particularly focusing on the specific times of the day that you begin to feel more or less sleepy. If you feel sluggish or sleep-deprived by mid to late afternoon, chances are you are not getting enough nighttime rest. It is perfectly normal to feel sleepy by 4 pm, a time when a great deal of motor accidents are caused due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel but it is important to try to adjust your personal sleep schedule in accordance with one that better allows you to feel active and awake during the day.

Catch Some Daytime Z’s

If you do happen to feel drowsy before the next night’s sleep, try to temporarily make up for it a little bit by taking a short nap during the day. The point is to feel alert at the times of the day when you should be awake, and sometimes this might include getting some extra shut-eye before continuing your daily activities. Nap for 45 minutes or less if you need to get things done shortly after snoozing: any more sleep and you may experience sleep inertia, which causes you to feel groggy and sometimes even sleepier than before your nap. Making up for getting a less than sufficient amount of sleep required for a good night’s rest may be possible by settling your sleep debt with an additional hour or two of sleep during the subsequent night. However it is not recommended to retain this as a principle to live by. Accumulated sleep loss can lead to several health problems in addition to exhaustion.

Maintain a Proper Sleep Schedule

It is vitally important to avoid turning ‘nocturnal’, that is, carrying out all your daily activities during the nighttime and simply getting your “night’s” sleep in the daytime. Although pulling an occasional all-nighter to get work done is oftentimes unavoidable, you should steer clear of making this a routine. Those who sleep only during the day are not necessarily less productive or less motivated individuals, but they may experience shallower sleep due to the sun’s natural light, which can also affect their brain oscillations that are associated with sleep depth.

 

This article was written by Thomas Jay who works at www.SaatvaMattress.com. Thomas is an avid writer who enjoys blogging on a variety of topics.

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