Are we really living in a land of sleep-deprived zombies? Do you find yourself waking on a daily basis feeling as though you’ve not slept at all, leaving you to take on the day life-less? Recent research would suggest that due to various reasons, we are turning into a nation of zombies living off caffeine and lack of sleep, could it be true?
You can usually tell as soon as you wake whether you are sleep-deprived, low energy levels are a good tell-tale sign (besides the obvious traits such as struggling to keep your eyes open and continuous yawning).
If you have been suffering from sleepless nights recurrently, you’ll likely feel increasingly irritable, have low self-esteem and possibly impatient. Sleep zombies can usually be found fuelling up on coffee too!
Continuing with your everyday duties can become very difficult when you’re missing out on sleep, as a lack of shut-eye can result in a loss of concentration, and tasks like driving or operating machinery should be avoided.
Fortunately, if you are suffering from a case of “zombification”, it needn’t be forever – and don’t worry, the cure doesn’t involve medication. Simply a few small tips which may not transform your sleep overnight but in the long-term, they can help dramatically and leave you waking as though you are among the living.
Conjuring up a few things in the evening that keeps you relaxed like reading a book or listening to a podcast, or even adding some sleep-inducing essential oils such as lavender oil to your bath will prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
Ward off feelings of the undead and avoid using your phone and other devices right before you go to sleep. Phones and tablets emit blue light, which discourages the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Set a timer a few hours before you go to bed to remind you to your phone away.
Drinking more caffeine than usual is a tell-tale sign that you’re sleep-deprived, although caffeine is great for giving you a little lift when you’re feeling tired, too much can cause you to lose out on valuable shut-eye. Caffeine can affect our bodies up to 8 hours after consumption, so it’s best practice to steer clear of the coffee cup from 4pm. Why not try drinking herbal tea instead?
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