Fatigue or Sleep Deprivation
There is a strong relationship between fatigue and sleep deprivation to severe difficulty coping. Sometimes the inability to cope results in suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing either or both of these issues try to get help. Consult with your doctor and if possible try and contact a counsellor/psychotherapist. Tell your family members or a close friend how you’re feeling, tell them you cannot cope. If you are suicidal, let someone know. Look for supports and allow people to help you so that your thoughts do not escalate into actions.
Fatigue or sleep deprivation can lead to very low mood. When we become tired we feel less able, frustrated, angry, and if it becomes bad enough we can lose the will to live. There are many reasons for not getting enough sleep. Stress and anxiety is a huge contributor to sleep deprivation. Worrying about family, financial problems, not been able to get work, too much to do, problems coping with children, sickness and much more, all contribute to your inability to get proper sleep and rest. Just because you are sleeping does not mean you are resting. It is about calming and resting the mind.
Reduce stress, reduce worry and calm your mind. Remember what we said in previous articles about self-care which include good nutrition, adequate sleep and rest, exercise, relaxation, being involved in pleasurable activities, and spending time with people that you enjoy.
Remember the old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. There is a lot to be said for that statement. We all need to talk through our problems. We all have problems and sometimes it can become very difficult to deal with a number of problems all at once.
Some of the behavioural and emotional signs of sleep deprivation and fatigue:
- Feelings of low energy.
- Poor concentration.
- Feeling of overwhelming stress.
- Agitated or irritated easily.
- Anger and frustration.
- Unable to cope.
- Suicidal thoughts.
- Self- destructive behaviour, drinking, drug abuse.
- Self- harming
Some of the physical signs of sleep deprivation and fatigue:
- Hearing or vision problems.
- Shortness of breath.
- Sleep disturbance.
- Appetite disturbance.
- Bowel problems/changes in habit.
If you can identify some or all of these signs I encourage you to get help as soon as possible.