6 ways to combat sleep fatigue

Posted: 14th May 2019

Do you think you suffer from sleep fatigue?

It's an increasingly common problem for Brits, with 10 per cent saying they get only one hour of sleep each night. However, we're not addressing this issue because we believe there's something of a stigma attached to the issue, a study, carried out by the British Psychological Society and Bensons For Beds as a part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13th – 19th May), has revealed.

Psychological analysis revealed that fatigued Brits are failing to live their full lives and are instead feeling unmotivated and lacking in energy.

"The stigma attached to feeling fatigued, which is a perception that we are not in control and cannot handle our stress, prevents people seeking help," commented Dr Simon Moore, lead psychologist at the British Psychological Society.

"Whilst participants found that feeling sleepy is positive and a natural order for our body, there is a lack of understanding around what fatigue is which, if left untreated, can stop people from living full lives because they do not know how to overcome it."

This prompted Bensons For Beds to investigate further. They found 31 per cent of the nation feel depressed after a poor night's sleep, while 30 per cent end up feeling anxious due to being tired.

34 per cent even said they end up performing badly at work due to feeling tired.

So, what can be done to help?

Well, the psychological investigation revealed being able to differentiate between feeling sleepy and fatigued could help you to deal with sleep problems.

Bensons For Beds Sleep Expert, Stephanie Romiszewski, says on the findings: "What we are seeing here are potentially two types of people and two sets of symptoms: those that are sleepy and potentially sleep deprived, and those that are fatigued but confusing it with sleepiness and seeing ‘sleeping it off’ as the solution."

"Confusing the two issues is causing us to fear conditions we may not even have, and alter our behaviours in ways that aren’t actually helping (such as going to bed early but not being able to actually fall asleep)."

Stephanie Romiszewski, Bensons For Beds Sleep Expert is sharing her tips to help you take control:

1. You need to be able to differentiate between feeling sleepy and fatigued – you can then tell exactly what your body needs. Sleepiness means you'll struggle to stay awake - fatigue is anything else, with vaster symptoms. Once you've figured this out, you'll know your body better.

2. While feeling fatigued leaves you emotional and with brain fog, deciding to go to bed isn’t always the solution - you could be better off going for a walk. If you can improve how you use your day, and look forward to a good night's sleep, you'll find you have a quality wake time, and end up feeling sleepy.

3. If you're regulating your sleep pattern and taking care of yourself when you feel fatigued (for instance, eating well, getting fresh air and moving around more), it's likely to have a positive effect on both your mental and physical health.

4. Stick to one wake up time, and go to bed when feeling sleepy, instead of forcing yourself to try to sleep.

5. Don't continuously change your sleeping habits in an attempt to get quick results - instead, give your body consistency.

6. Begin thinking about training your brain to sleep when you want - it takes both time and patience but it's better than a restless night.