Many people would try to compensate for a sleepless night by sleeping in the morning or taking naps during the day.
Several studies have revealed convincing evidence that this is erroneous. Indeed, sleep is an essential activity for a healthy lifestyle; though you should not try to compensate for it. Instead, go on with your daily activities then you can recuperate a normal sleep. Opting for a late sleeping and mid-day naps could result to grave health complications.
Making up for your sleep
Chronic insomnia is likely to develop when you wake up late and take naps. It is advisable just to go on with your normal activities without sleeping and after four or five days, you’ll overcome the sleeping problem. This has been the prevailing theory for decades.
Chronic insomnia puts you at risk of more health problems such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Can’t Sleep? This is the ‘solution’ that makes it worse: sleeping late. It causes insomnia and further ruins your diet. Those who spend a greater part of their night awake, tend to develop poor eating habits.
Can’t Sleep? This is the ‘solution’ that makes it worse: neglecting your sleeping pattern
Essentially, the body gets used to a particular pattern of sleep. Making up for the lost sleep by lingering on the bed in the times that you should be awake disrupts your body’s sleeping pattern. To maintain the body rhythms, do not counter the lost sleep till your next sleeping time. It is recommendable to create a sleeping routine and try to follow it. For a good sleeping habit, wake up the same time every day even when you don’t have much to do during the day. This will reinforce consistency in your sleeping rhythm that will always trigger the brain to release sleep at the right time.
Can’t Sleep? This is the ‘solution’ that makes it worse: long naps. The long naps during the day, and precisely those take after 4 pm is notorious for disrupting a sleeping rhythm; they’ll further prevent a full sleep during the night. If you are compelled to sleep during the day, ensure that the naps don’t last for more than 30 minutes and are taken before 4.00pm. Typically, the short naps may cause negligible effects to sleep.
In conclusion, do not offset your lost sleep with sleeping in the morning or during the day so as to avoid the risk of chronic insomnia. Moreover, maintain a consistent sleeping habit for a healthy sleeping.