Fortunately, there are many different ways that you can combat sleep deprivation and get better rest. One of the best ways to do so is to maintain a consistent sleeping schedule. The most obvious symptoms of not getting enough sleep however, are what you probably suspect: being drowsy and extremely sleepy. Some individuals describe it as feeling extremely run down or a powerful urge to fall fast asleep.
More seriously however, some individuals who experience sleep deprivation may experience what is referred to as hypnagogic hallucinations. This refers to the dream-like state that is associated with sleep disorders. When you are in this state, you will have a difficult time going back to consciousness. You may actually be conscious enough to be aware that you are dreaming, yet the experience is so real that you find yourself falling asleep again before you’ve really fallen asleep. It’s like you’re trapped in the body of your dreams. In more serious cases, individuals may even experience depersonalization where they feel that they do not have any sense of self or reality and are not aware that they are indeed awake.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can occur while you are suffering from sleep deprivation. It is characterized by pauses in breathing while you are asleep. These pauses can last up to 10 seconds and will be followed by a gasp for breath. While it isn’t dangerous per se, it can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Individuals who experience apnea have a greater risk of being involved in accidents or having fatal heart attacks because they are unable to recognize themselves when they fall asleep.
Latency between sleep cycles can also be a symptom of not being sufficiently rested. If you go to bed and wake up several times during the night, you are experiencing sleep latency which is delayed waking. This means you are waking up several times through the night, each one feeling as if it is an entirely new day. This can lead to extreme annoyance because you are trying to wake up and don’t know when you actually will wake up. As a result, individuals who experience sleep deprivation are often frustrated because they cannot fall asleep and wake up whenever they want to.
Anxiety, Depression, Irritability And Boredom
Not sleeping or getting very little sleep can also lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability and boredom. Individuals who are frequently tired are constantly anxious. They have trouble concentrating and falling asleep. If these symptoms persist throughout the day, this may indicate that you have general fatigue which can lead to more serious health problems. These include high blood pressure and heart problems.
Some symptoms of sleep deprivation are similar to symptoms that occur during severe stress. Individuals who are sleep deprived are often irritable and have increased tension, insomnia and depression.
Meditation, Yoga And Hypnosis
One of the best ways to reduce symptoms is to get sufficient sleep. There are some excellent remedies you can implement to improve your ability to sleep. Natural methods that provide relaxation such as meditation, yoga and hypnosis can help you relax.
If you find that you are suffering from symptoms of not sleeping, you should discuss these symptoms with your doctor. You may be able to treat the cause of these symptoms through certain medical treatment. For example, individuals who suffer from asthma or allergies may require treatment for their specific condition in order to alleviate symptoms. If you don’t treat the cause of the problem, you will only continue to experience symptoms of not sleeping.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep deprivation, it is important that you try to determine the cause of this problem. Once you have determined the cause, you can then seek treatment. Remember, you may not be able to treat your symptom all of the time, so you will need to be patient. However, you should always try to avoid getting sleep deprivation symptoms for extended periods of time.