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Sleep Deprived? DON'T Do These 7 Things

July 16, 2019

7 Things to avoid when you’ve missed out on sleep

It happens to the best of us - you get wrapped up in after-hours work admin, binge-watch a series, stay out a little later than you intended with friends, or fall face first into a page-turner novel and before you know it you’ve got a serious sleep deficit on your hands. You wake up groggy, your productivity suffers at work and balls are being dropped all over the place. 

In situations like these, it can be tempting to opt for a quick fix or two. However, these stopgaps can actually make things worse. Here are 7 habits you should avoid when you’re trying to sort out a sleep deficit: 

Using Caffeine As A Crutch

Oof, this one is hard, we know. Stick to one caffeinated beverage in the morning so you can be sure not to disrupt your sleep schedule any further than you already have. Energy drinks are particularly counterproductive - it often contains a glut of B vitamins that can wreak havoc with your sleep-wake cycle and cause insomnia in the long run. 

Squeezing In A Long Nap

This will only make it harder to fall asleep tonight. A 30-minute nap right after lunch can help you to get through the day, but anything longer will cause issues. 

Bedding Down Super Early

Going to bed really early will only amount to what is essentially a long, ill-timed nap. Stay up until your normal bedtime, otherwise, you will simply wake up at an odd hour during the night and carry your tiredness into the next day. 

Avoiding Daylight

If you're having trouble staying alert, go outside for some natural light exposure. When you’re immersed in the full light spectrum, your circadian rhythm boosts alertness. 

Tiring Yourself Out On Purpose

Don't schedule a hectic workout later in the day in the hope of tiring yourself out. It has the potential to boost the production of cortisol, which makes it all the harder to drop off. 

Fixating On The Clock

If you're struggling to fall asleep, keeping an eye on the clock is not going to help one bit. It will only make you anxious and less likely to fall asleep. Rather try some breathing or visualisation exercises. 

Trying To Unwind On Your Phone

Nope. Put those screens away. The blue light emitted by TV screens, mobiles, tablets and laptops keep your brain stimulated and awake. 

Signing On Important Dotted Lines

Fatigue has a huge impact on our ability to think clearly. Don't make any important decisions about your life, including work, finances and relationships, when you're in a sleep deficit. Wait until your mind and body are fully rested. 

Following these guidelines when you’re trying to recover from a sleep deficit will make it much easier to get back on an even keel. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months as we share more helpful advice on sleep hygiene. In the meantime, you might want to consider upgrading your mattress if you’re in the process of overhauling your sleep sanctuary. Feel free to reach out to a Bed King representative (or visit us in store!) if you would like to learn more about our range of comfort-graded mattresses and which one is best suited to your sleep-time requirements. 


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