Do You Ever Feel Sleep-Deprived?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
October 26, 2007 4:00pm CST
It has been a lifelong habit of mine to burn the candle at both ends. Consequently, I sometimes end up feeling sleep-deprived-which is not a good thing. This always throws my internal clock off, and it is not easy to reset it. So, occasionally I will have to take an entire day off just to catch up on my sleep. Now, I know that the popular belief is that once you lose sleep you cannot catch up on it. I disagree with this theory because I do feel more refreshed once I reset my internal clock. I have never flown, but I would equate it to jet-lag. Do you ever burn the candle at both ends and find the need to reset your internal clock?
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
26 Oct 07
Previously I did felt sleep deprived. But after my cousin introduced me to use salt lamp, I am having enough sleep for 5 hours and it will make me no longer sleep that 5 hours. My face or head part must not far more than 3 feet from that salt lamp and I enjoy sleeping. This is my experience speaking and not my tongue speaking. I used to be this way of having my sleep already for six months. Actually that salt lamp produces good negative ions for our body. Like your stay close to the running waterfall, I mean at the middle position between the water falling point and drop point. A lot of negation ions at that point which essential to our body and mind. You just type the words 'salt lamp' in search column and the search engine will takes you to the appropriate web site. To read what is all about the essential of negative ions to our body system. Thanks, worldwise1.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I used to live very close to the ocean, and it's amazing how living close to water will help you sleep much better. I will check out the sleep lamp.
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
27 Oct 07
Thanks to both of you cblankink & cancer.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Thanks for passing along the information, goodsign. I will look into it.
@mansha (6301)
• India
28 Oct 07
I always work till late night except these days, somehow my body is feeling so tired and burned out. Now I am asleep by eight at night. I am staying alone with my kids and with all the running around my night life seems to be over. I used to study a lot in the night but now I never seem to have enough time. My studies have been put on the bacburner, I really wish I could do something about it. I think I am more of a night person , I love doing my work at night and get more things done then, may be its because I keep getting distracted with kids all the time in the day.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
It would be nice if you could get a friend or family member to take the kids for a couple of hours maybe once or twice a week, mansha. That way you would have a little time for yourself. Good luck.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
15 Mar 08
I would love to but problem is, I am now staying far from my relatives, in a kind of remote area , there are just three houses her, one other lady has two sons and they are very rowdy and even hit my daughter a lot. The other one is newly wed and lost in her own world. I have no parents and my in laws are not helpful type. My hubby is always busy with the office and never at home types. Though now I do try and make sometime for my studies. Here we don't even have a maid or cleaning lady. Its really tiering me out now. I do work late till night now though. Tat way, I get some time for myself, when everyone else in the house is asleep.
• United States
27 Oct 07
I just recently learned in psych class that sleep deprived individuals can catch up on days' worth of missing sleep in one night's long sleep (10-14 hours). People also make up REM sleep when their brains are short on dream-time. That's why when one dreams excessively, they don't feel rested. REM sleep takes away from NREM sleep. REM is for the brain/emotional system and NREM sleep is for resting the body. ...to answer your question, yes, I feel sleep deprived more often than not.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
You're very knowledgeable, Visitorinvasion, and I thank you for your input.
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• United States
9 Mar 08
So are you, WorldWise1. Thanks for the BR.
@MsTickle (24977)
• Australia
29 Oct 07
I used to be able to stay up till 11:30 to 12:30 and get up at 6 to get my partner off to work and then work to my extremely erratic 3 week roster. When I could I would catch up with an afternoon snooze and all was fine. Now, I don't know what's wrong ...I'm so tired I fall asleep in front of the computer, in front of the telly but when I go to bed sometimes I cant sleep or else I continually wake up. I usually wake up early but there was a time when I'd get up anywhere from 2:30am and be wide awake and go on-line. Now, I'm waking up at daylight and sometimes needing to have a snooze 2 hours later. I have no sleep patterns and sometimes I do sleep and sometimes I don't. I wish I could get into some sort of pattern. And I wish I didn't become tired/sleepy so often.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I really do believe we can retrain our bodies to adapt to a more normal pattern, Ms Tickle, it just takes a bit of fortitude.
29 Oct 07
I have, in my time, not only burnt the candle at both ends, but completely melted it down to the wick. :-) Generally, however, I know I am going to suffer for it and try to find time to catch up on sleep. At least once I have had a good sleep I can function properly with no ill effects of a whole weekend of partying :-)
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Sounds like you have learned a thing or two, recycledgoth.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I gave up trying to stay awake 24 sevens long ago. Sleep is important to me and I don't think you can make up forlost sleep. In the long run, that lost sleep will harm your body and its systems, I believe. What you can do is make the most of the time you are awake, and then sleep is welcomed.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
The intelligent part of my brain knows you are right, sigma, but I don't always listen to that side, lol.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
29 Oct 07
Yes...I have, sometimes. Then, I hand over the kids to my husband and take a good nap. But the problem arises when BOTH of us are deprived of sleep. Then we argue over who gets to nap first:P And most of the time, he dozes off before we finish arguing:P For jet lag...I usually travel with the kids...so they sleep at the same time as I do....and we usually get used to it in 2-3 days.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
It's nice that you have a strong support system in your husband, SViswan.
• United States
28 Oct 07
I don't have that need. Ever since I was a baby , I have been a night owl. My mom said I never wanted to go to sleep and nothing has changed. A good night sleep is 7 hours of sleep. But I usually get 4-5 hours and I feel fine.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
When I get 5 hours of sleep, sarah, I call that excellent. More often than not it's 2-3 hours.
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@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
27 Oct 07
Well I have been "Burning the Candle at both Ends" for years now. For as long as I could remember I could never sleep long at night. Even as a child I didn't want to sleep and it only got worst the older I got. Once I turned into a teenager then I was partying all night and would be up for days at a time before I would take a little nap. I feel if I sleep to long then I will miss the entire day or something else. Don't know what it is but I barely sleep 3-4 hours a night before I'm up doing it all over again. As for reseting my internal clock, ya I wish I could but don't think it will work.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
All you really need to do, kodie, is change some of your daily routines. We'd actually be surprised at what we could live without.
• Romania
27 Oct 07
Well i am a student and every morning at 7 i wake up.The hard thing is Monday mornings because comes after a weekend where i am used to wake up late,it is so difficult to wake up so early.....and then to hole day i am so sleepy.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Sounds like you might have to cut back on some of those weekend activities, laurentyl, lol.
@jts706 (21)
• United States
27 Oct 07
yeah, I get that way a lot. I am a college student that has to also work a lot to pay my bills. With homework, school, and work, I don't have a lot of time to rest, but it will be worth it in the end.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Yes, jts, it will pay off in the end, just try and make sure you don't burn yourself out.
• United States
27 Oct 07
I only feel sleep deprived when I get knocked off of my schedule. For me the time I go to sleep doesn't seem to matter near as much as how regular it is. As long as I go to bed at the same time every night and get up at relatively the same time every morning I can actually sleep fewer hours than others and seem to get more rest. Find which hours work best for you average schedule and you'll find success. I am curious about that salt lamp though. Cheers!
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Yes, abigated, I will have to check out the salt lamp also. As for the sleep, it wouldn't be such a problem if I were just consistent.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
27 Oct 07
Yes I do, sometimes. There's always so much to do until late in our home that the only time I have to do something for relaxing is after everyone is asleep which get me to be up until later. I don't usually notice how tired I am until I really need to sleep it off for almost a day just like you. My internal clock resets itself easily though but I know that I should be doing this all the time .
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
You are absolutely right, arkaf. Sometimes it just hits you all of a sudden.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I think that I go in spurts. Sometimes, I can reset my internal clock and feel better. Other times, I think that my clock is just darn stubborn and won't reset. I work from home and have deadlines. I get behind and find I burn the candle at both ends a lot of times. Then I need like a whole day of sleep to recover after a grueling week. Keeps me motivated not to get behind for deadlines. LOL
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
You're right, JoyceP, deadlines can be a great motivator, lol.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Oct 07
All the time.--that is, burn the candle at both ends then feel jet lagged..LOL...Though I never "catch up" on sleep..I'm one of those people that once I'm awake and out of bed I'm awake period...I used to take naps but only wound up feeling more tired rather than refreshed...And this whole week hasn't helped...it's been overcast and gloomy, and a bit of rain...the kind of days you really do want to just roll right back into bed.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I've been burning that candle for as long as I can remember, pyewacket, so I guess it will catch up with me someday.
@GardenGerty (100309)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I agree with you. That is old science when they tell you that you can never make up for the sleep you have lost. They also say to get up at the same time every day. More recent research says to sleep when you can, and sleep in on the days that you can. If you miss out, do what you can to make it up. Take siestas. I am finding lately that I must do this. I slept a large part of today.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
That's very logical thinking, GG. Of course any sleep is better than no sleep at all.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
26 Oct 07
Almost every week. I work days normally but two days a week I work from midnight until 8 a.m. and that always throws my internal clock off. I do that in the middle of the week and it makes my whole week off. I hate it but I like the job I do when I work those hours. I can't do it at other times so I just have to deal with it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
At least you have a good reason for losing sleep. carolscash.
• United States
26 Oct 07
Every single weekend. I am a night nurse, I only work weekends though, because i home school my son. However my husband works weekends as well, so I have to get up from sleep for him to go to work. Thank goodness it is only 2 days, i could never work full time nights, i would never get enough sleep
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I'm glad it's only for two days, melissaruth, because some people naturally require more sleep than others.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I have a habit of doing the same at time and all I need is a little refreshing nap...and a good night sleep.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Mar 08
It is surprising, jillhill, how just a short nap can revive your spirit.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
yes and i really hate it specially if im really sleepy and theres alot of thigs running into my head it is hard.