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A Guide To Managing Chronic Sleep Deprivation

Daniella Segell
Aug 31, 2021
11:00 A.M.
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During the pandemic, many people have had trouble with sleeping. Either you are sleeping too much because you are so bored or not sleeping nearly enough because you're stressed.

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If you are part of the latter, you are likely experiencing chronic sleep deprivation. The good news is that there are many ways to overcome this.

Here is a guide to managing chronic sleep deprivation and hopefully rest easier.

What Is Chronic Sleep Deprivation?

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You undoubtedly know how important it is to get a decent night's sleep so that you can be filled with energy and vitality for the next day and everything you have to do on that day.

However, it is not always easy for people to get a good night's rest because of various factors. For some people, not sleeping lasts only one or two nights, but it lasts much longer for others.

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If you have not been sleeping and feel exhausted most of the time, you might be experiencing chronic sleep deprivation. Chronic sleep deprivation is getting less sleep than what you need.

This does not mean that you are getting 6 hours of sleep rather than your usual 9 hours, though. It is much more serious than that and requires a little more attention.

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Chronic sleep deprivation is consistently getting less sleep than what you need, which means that you might be getting 5 hours of solid sleep each night.

What Are The Effects?

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While you will undoubtedly wake up feeling grumpy, sleepy, and not well-rested at all, there are more effects than these that will plague a person who is suffering from chronic sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation can affect everything from your weight and digestive system and memory and concentration. Sleep is when our bodies repair, and if you are not getting enough sleep, it will take a serious toll on your body.

How Can You Manage It?

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While chronic sleep deprivation should be taken very seriously, it is not impossible to fix. There are many ways that you can handle suffering from chronic sleep deprivation.

You need to find out the root cause of your chronic sleep deprivation (like general life stress, health issues, etc.) and treat that first. This will mean that your sleep issues will rectify themselves.

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