Sleep Deprived Indicators of NapStealing

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Having been frequently sleep deprived, I can speak from experience when I say that nefarious napstealers can attack at any time, especially when you least expect it. An important thing to prevent is to set a sleeping schedule, but the problem is that things get in the way and as you are working or watching television or just sitting around doing nothing, time seems to get away and before you know it, the napstealers are at it again and you’ve been nefariously distracted again.

To avoid these complications, set a time when you will go to sleep and begin preparing up to an hour beforehand, by avoiding distractions and beginning to relax. Then, when the napstealers present themselves, they will be thwarted by your careful preparation and planning. While this is not a comprehensive list by any means, sleep loss, sleep deprivation and napstealers can wreak havoc on a person who does not have their sleep patterns under control.

I’m sure that there are many other ways which readers can suggest to help set good sleep habits to establish healthy sleep patterns. We would like to hear from you, our dear readers. Submit your ideas for avoiding napstealers and other siesta thieves in our essay contest.

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  4. i am still spectacularly cranky today (sleep deprivation counts for much of it). but R sent a pic of a car we cld buy so that’s cheered me!!

  5. lovoteaks sambrida says:

    I have the same problem, Angie! When I was a teenager I was diagnosed as having a full-on sleep disorder, so learned a lot of things that can be helpful: always have a “going to bed” routine, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, and do anything in bed except than sleep and *ahem* other private things that happen in bed :)

    Also, if exercising too close to your bedtime, sometimes it can get your energy revved up.

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  8. yashahirez says:

    Did you know? If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep during the day, you are likely sleep deprived or have a sleep disorder.

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    The Lumberjack has succumbed to this fairy illness. But I’m SURE my sleep deprivation in caring for them will IN NO WAY affect my health.

  12. polyphazer says:

    You can do it man. Keep and get it. all about waking up and telling yourself “I can do this” instead of just laying there and trying to remember your dreams, or enjoying the blankets. hard, but you will get it man, I tell you!

    all about sleep deprivation. You have to be in a state of complete sleep dep before your mind can adjust to it. Once you over come the sleep deprivation stage where forced into REM for only 20 minutes out of necessity 3 or 4 days in a row get it man. Good luck sir~!

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    How to eliminate snoring? It’s the single most common concerns among people with this sleep disorder. Even so, the answer is probably not very simple in any way. Before you remove heavy snoring, you have to know the reason for snores at night.

  14. delayed2sleep says:

    That is very interesting about depression and DSPS. My father was bi-polar and toward the end of his life never slept, just napped.

    I have been trying to get to the root of my problem for decades. I am not bi-polar but have experienced two extreme “specific” anxiety disorders in the past.

    Obviously this sleep disorder is genetic and closely linked with other chemical imbalances in the brain. But does lack of sleep cause the imbalance or does the imbalance cause the lack of sleep? Back to the chicken and egg.
    Clueless.

  15. chaung winningern says:

    Suffering from severe sleep deprivation- I even have blurred vision. Less than 5 hours sleep this whole week & have fencing club in an hour

  16. well, I say what like with 3 but everyone kept scaring me about the sleep deprivation once the born. Quite honestly, I slept better after my daughter was born. I was so glad she made it and was able to calm down a little and sleep when I could. Also your more and feel the sleep deprivation is it to care for your baby.

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    My neighbor has like a sleep disorder and his alarm is on at all times and he never wakes up. Needless to say I wanna throttle some necks

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  44. Then back into all of our Comic Con stuff. Can’t wait. One week to go. I am both buzzing with excitement and tired from sleep deprivation.

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  46. Don’t know whether to see the doctor or go to a sleep disorder clinic.. It could just be that I have a very active brain.. I don’t know! :/

  47. After three days of 7am wake ups my body clock won’t let me sleep. If I wanted this much sleep deprivation I’d have gone to

  48. ha I wish coffee would do something for my at this point. But Im to far gone on the sleep deprivation that nothings going to work

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  56. Every time I wake up Rise & Grind is trending. Shouldn’t there be some time zones to help me with this, or do I have a sleep disorder?

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  60. (OOC, sorry guys, slept through RP tonight. Can’t take my sleep disorder meds till Weds, but I promise I will try to be on/awake tomorrow)

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  70. JennAndAlbert says:

    I am completely caught off guard and have forgotten everything. And, guys, my kids are not even that old! They’re only six and three … I should still have some shadowy memories of their infancy, right? I can only assume sleep deprivation is to blame. Here’s my current deal. I nursed my first born to sleep every time f …
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  71. dnlbunting says:

    So 5 hours of sleep only? Lately I have been having sleep deprivation. A regular work and a sideline job. It consumes my sleeping hours..T_T

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