Insomnia and other sleep disorders have become quite common in today’s world. Anxiety, stress, and depression are the common causes of these sleep disorders. We tend to relate the outcome of both tiredness and sleepiness to be the same – nothing but ‘to sleep’. However, from a doctor’s point of view, there is a big difference between the two terms – ‘tired’ and ‘sleepy’.
‘Tired’ – refers to the lacking of energy and the trouble in focusing.
‘Sleepy’ – refers to the condition of nodding off.
A person feels sleepy when he is ready to fall asleep and feels to take rest while he gets tired using up his energy and might. Both these feelings are the body’s response to its need to rest and restore energy. A tired person tends to become irritated and uninterested while a sleepy person tends to become calm and inactive and would feel lethargic and heavy-eyed too.
Having a burning sensation in the eyes accompanied with yawning is one of the signs of feeling sleepy. Hitting the bed without feeling sleepy could only lead to staying awake on the bed and creeping of unwanted thoughts.
The Racing Thoughts
Racing thoughts are very common amidst the people who lack sleep. It is a state of mind where the turning off of the mind is quite impossible. The mind tends to keep promoting the wakefulness in the affected person. It is a condition where the sources of stress come to our mind to be revisited, rehashed, and processed again. Incorporating some relaxation techniques, such as breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery could help in overcoming the racing thoughts.
The stimulators have become very common in this modern world. All over the world we find people consuming caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, and some drugs. Nicotine works similar to caffeine. It is contained in cigarettes and it has become the most important behavioral health risk in the western world. Both Nicotine and caffeine contribute for staying alert and wide awake for a very long time in the night.
In addition to this, late night exercises are another stimulator which stimulates the brain, thereby making a person prolong the time of sleep.
Tips to Improve the Chances of Getting Sleep when Tired
Keeping a track of your sleeping pattern, establishing a regular bedtime routine, knowing the appropriate usage of the bed and the bedroom, choosing the right mattress, scheduling ‘worry time’ during the day, napping at the right time, getting outside to gain sufficient light or avoiding gadgets are some of the tips that could help in bridging the gap between tiredness and sleep.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
As the name goes CBT tackles both the cerebral and behavioral factors which interrupt with the hormones that induce sleep. CBT is very successful in helping overcome negative thoughts. This practical technique has a long-term effect. It helps in understanding the relation between tiredness and sleep, thereby helping an individual overcome the troubles related to sleep.