Understanding Sleep Deprivation

I’ve been tired in my life, but never like this. I wore myself so thin I literally had nothing left inside of me that was at all thriving. It was quite the opposite, every muscle and every bone in my body was aching. I was desperate for sleep, yet was so afraid to drift off because I felt I was dying.

My stomach was weak. I wanted to throw up but there was nothing in my body to give. I was alone in my apartment, only to care for myself. I drew myself a warm bath with lavender oils and kept my phone by the tub in case of an emergency. I spent the previous 5 days only sleeping 3-4 hours a night then working hard, shuffling around, giving up every piece of me to please and cater to other people I didn’t stop to take care of myself. I literally gave it all I had. To the point of complete exhaustion.

If you have ever been so exhausted, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

As I was laying in bed, I thought to myself what if this is it? What if I fall asleep and don’t wake up because everything in my entire body is so worn out? That’s a pretty scary feeling. I knew I had some bills I needed to pay, so I got up and attempted to pay them but my computer was jacked up and then forgot my passwords. I felt like I was at the end of my rope.

I got back in bed and googled how to heal sleep exhaustion. All I read was to lay down, rest as best as you can and stay hydrated. So that’s what I did. I didn’t actually fall asleep until about four hours later once I recoporated some strength and confidence to drift off without worry.

I ended up sleeping for about two straight days. Watched a few movies, which I paid little attention to, but I just rested and as the hours passed I began to feel more and more healthy and alive again.

I’m writing this blog, because I want to let you know that exhaustion is a real thing. When someone says, “No. I’m so exhausted.” Listen to them. Give them some space. Let them rest and recharge.

If you’re beginning to feel worn out, I urge you to take some time off. Give yourself a break.

Here are 10 things to do if you’re feeling the effects of exhaustion.

1. Hydrate with a massive amount of coconut water.

2. Lay down in bed with several blankets so you are as warm and cozy as possible.

3. Take a warm bath, only if you feel safe enough not to fall asleep while doing so.

4. Do you best to eat some soup.

5. Text or call a friend or two to let them know your status so they are aware and can check on you.

6. Shut the blinds and make the room as dark as possible.

7. Take as much time as you need to recover.

8. This should be number one, but avoid all drugs and alcohol.

9. Don’t extend yourself at all.

10. Get a massage once you feel like leaving the house.

 

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