We have all been there, lying awake in bed, stealing glances at the clock, and counting the minutes until we have to get up. But why is it so hard to fall asleep sometimes? What happens to our brains when we don’t get enough sleep?
Sleep is vital for our brain health. When we sleep, our brains can process information from the day, which helps us to remember and learn new things. It also helps to repair and rejuvenate brain cells, which is important for overall brain function.
Sometimes, we procrastinate going to bed, thinking we will catch up on lost sleep later- Revenge Sleep Procrastination (RSP) at its finest!
The reality is that sleep procrastination only puts us in a worse sleep cycle and we end up not getting the necessary recovery time.
Also, our lifestyle does not make it easy for us to get the sleep we need. Social media, the constant flow of information, and the stresses of daily life can make it hard to wind down at night. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking we can make up for lost sleep later but that’s not how it works.
When we don’t get enough sleep, our brains become overworked and stressed. It makes it harder to focus, remember things, make decisions, and can even lead to long-term health problems.
So, what can we do to get the sleep we need?
Well, for starters:
- Try to establish a consistent sleep schedule.
- Stick to the same bedtime.
- Create a bedtime routine that helps you to relax and unwind. It could be reading a book, taking a bath, or meditating.
- Most importantly, put away your phone and other screens at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light from screens can disrupt our natural sleep patterns.
By getting enough sleep, you will ensure you give your brain the rest and recovery it needs, thus allowing you to be able to go about your daily activities to the best of your abilities.