If you have ever been around a tired, cranky child, you know that sleep deprivation can seriously affect your mood and your attitude. Lack of sleep is a major cause of illness and stress for teachers and students alike. Sleep problems can lead to more mistakes and difficulty in concentrating. Make sure that you understand the symptoms of sleep deprivation, and take the time to get a good night's sleep each night.
People who are sleep deprived are often grumpy and cannot seem to keep their eyes open. Many times they are unable to concentrate for long periods of time. Their stress levels are usually higher than normal and their personalities might change. They might also experience memory loss.
Dealing with Sleep Deprivation
You should try to keep regular hours and go to bed at the same time each night. If you constantly vary your bedtime, you will end up confusing your body, which can lead to further sleep problems. Avoid caffeine and refrain from exercise just before going to bed. Try to relax. Some people find that if their minds are racing, they can get some rest if they take the time to write down everything they are thinking about.
Another strategy to consider is creating your own “going to sleep” routine. Children do a better job going to sleep each night when they have a bedtime routine. You should follow this example and always do the same things as you prepare to sleep.
Finally, if you just cannot get to sleep, it is best to get up and do something restful. Some people find that if they read, this will help them fall asleep more quickly. However, make sure that whatever you do, you do not turn on bright lights. If you follow these steps, you should be well on your way to being a more rested and healthy person.