Circadian rhythms are biological changes that occur on a 24-hour cycle. This is the earth’s cycle of days and nights that our bodies adapt to by developing a pattern of bodily functions. Our alertness, core body temperature, moods, learning efficiency, blood pressure, metabolism, and pulse rate all follow these circadian rhythms. When these rhythms are disrupted, that is when we begin to have problems with our sleep. A lack of sleep causes increased fatigue, decreased concentration, sleep disorders and other health problems.
Sleep deprivations is a severe loss of sleep and can come ultimately from a disruption in your circadian rhythms. When a person is deprived of sleep, a number of more serious problems can occur. They can be reduced cognitive and motor performance, and irritability and other mood alterations.
I gave myself the sleep deprivation assessment and my results were that I may not be getting enough sleep. I answered “yes” to at least two questions in all three categories and the assessment said if you said “yes” to three or more of the questions then you may not be getting enough sleep. I completely agree with the results of this assessment. I have had trouble with sleep for quite a few years now because I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I hardly ever feel rested.
A few steps that I could take to improve my sleep are to not check the clock when I cannot sleep, ease my tension by working out earlier in the day, practice deep breathing, or take a warm bath. Behavior therapy has been shown to be very helpful in treating some sleep problems. It may not cure your sleep problems but at least it might help you enough that you can relax to a point where you can sleep. There are also ways to help you keeping a set of habits to sleep well and maintain it. They are to set a regular bedtime, wake up at the same time every day, and nap (not a long nap) to make up for lost sleep. Finding the schedule that works best for...