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Feeling blank and sleep hygiene
Ask anyone who is feeling blank as a result of mild to moderate depression and they will invariably tell you that one of the toughest challenges of managing their condition successfully is the chaotic effect it has on their sleeping pattern.
Invariably people will succumb to one of two distinct camps when it comes to the issue of depression and sleep. Either they will sleep excessively for hours on end, worn out by the sheer emotional fatigue that they must contend with.
On the other end of the scale, we have people, whose ruminating thoughts of feeling blank, and the anxiety such feelings will invariably elicit in them, will cause insomnia to occur and so sleep becomes an increasingly rare and precious thing.
Neither of these two extremes is helpful in the management of feeling blank and indeed, will be guaranteed to elevate the feelings for much longer than may originally have been thought.
Proper and hygiene sleep can fight off depression and emptiness
Now that we have identified that poor sleep patterns are indeed a problem, how then can we better control and regulate them? The formal term for this is sleep hygiene and effective sleep hygiene is a multi-faceted prospect and one with numerous variables involved.
A common mistake people make when their sleeping pattern and routine has been disturbed is that they will then compensate by sleeping during the day. Napping during the day is a bad idea, simply because it undermines your sleep hygiene.
If you absolutely must sleep during the day, make sure that you restrict yourself to a maximum duration of an hour at any given time. This will give you enough time to recharge your batteries but will not pose any significant impairment to your sleep hygiene.
It’s common place for people to consume coffee and caffeinated beverages. However, please be advised that caffeine is a stimulant and as such, will make it harder for you to get to sleep. Ideally, refrain from consuming any caffeine related products 4-6 hours before going to bed.
Oftentimes, people will watch the television, surf the internet or play a computer game in a desperate bid to fall asleep. The simple truth of the matter is that we are stimulating the brain in doing so, and making it more active.
This means that the body has to work harder to deescalate the additional stimuli it has received. Therefore, if you are genuinely struggling to sleep before bedtime, turn the PC off!