Derby, United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 27, 2009 -- If you're fed up with not being able to fall asleep or being unable to sleep soundly through the night, then you're already familiar with sleep deprivation stress. Your body and brain both need sleep as much as they need food and air. Those precious 7 or 8 hours of quality nap are essential so that your body and brain can rest up and prepare for another day. Without taking a proper nap, you won't be able to make it through the day with enough energy and stamina to allow you to function normally.
If you're feeling stress, then you've probably noticed that your mind doesn't seem to work right during the day. You could be having trouble making decisions or being able to think through problems in order to find solutions. The parts of your brain involved in these activities respond very slowly or not at all because they haven't been able to re-energize. Your brain is running on low battery power since you haven't given it a break. Your body too is affected by stress caused through lack of sufficient sleep. How quickly does your body respond when sudden adjustments or changes are needed?
If you're driving and an oncoming car swerves towards you, you'll be much slower to respond by veering away from it than you would under normal circumstances. Many car accident fatalities occur because of the deprivation on the part of the person who caused the accident or because the victim of the accident wasn't able to react in time. This is why it is so important to seek treatment right away if you've been experiencing lack of sleep.
In order to protect yourself from the mental and physical effects of this deprivation stress, you'll need to find a treatment that works for you. These can range from sleeping pills to home remedies. These pills can be effective, but also habit-forming, so be careful if you go with this option. Lifestyle changes can really help make it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep if you stick to these routines, such as avoiding naps and caffeine later on in the day or exercising so that your body is relaxed at night. Herbal remedies such as melatonin have helped some people, but they might not work for everyone.
Whichever form of treatment you choose for this stress, make sure that you're comfortable with it. You shouldn't resort to any means of treating sleep disorders that you're unsure of or have doubts about. If you want a foolproof method of falling asleep every night, then consider brain entrainment techniques. These are very safe and easy to use ways of guiding your brain towards relaxation so that you can get the rest you've been missing.
There's no risk of dependency and the effects can be long-lasting. Although some degree of stress, whether physical, mental, or emotional may be unavoidable and a part of normal life, most people today are suffering from harmful overloads of stress that are too great in both duration and frequency and the effects of stress are not only interfering with our overall health but stress is actually killing us.