If you are in recovery, sleep deprivation is the most common universal warning sign of relapse. A lack of sleep leads to bad decisions for individuals. Moreover, those with any impulse control issues find their normal problems magnified. This can make quitting gambling so much more difficult. This is why someone new in recovery should pay attention. It could save your life!
There is something truly needed to test the 2-3 hours of constant sleep, where Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep can be measured. Actually tracking REM sleep does require a sleep lab, so that isn’t something most people have easy access to. When a person is constantly feeling tired or a “cloudy” mind, these are signs that not enough useful sleep is being received. So, this is one area where the “proof is in the pudding.”
Sleep is an often under tracked activity. People will often feel tired in the mornings, but look at the clock, and might think “I was in bed for 8 hours – surely I got enough sleep. Tools to measure sleep, such as “Fitness trackers are pretty easy to get, and most of these pedometers have a sleep function. It is something many knock – off brands do not include good coding for. So if you get a fitness tracker, pay attention that it does more than record your steps. Pay attention to reputable companies too: the new Fitbit Flex, the most affordable Fitbit by far, has to be manually put into sleep mode. This may be too annoying for people to do. Moreover, they sometimes may simply forget to put it into sleep mode.
Sometimes the best solution to sleep problems is look at the symptoms, and think about why, proactively solving clear problems. However, if look at each issue as a proof – based exercise – spend a little money, use a product – then you get better sleep, clearly it works for you.
For example, a common sleep issue for those on swing shifts or constantly traveling is trouble sleeping. Solutions to these sleep troubles like artificial light glasses are available, but the true medical value is in debate. Below is an example of one product with pretty clear instructions on usage. This is exactly what you should look for to try and see if it helps with your sleep issues. Please watch the video and see what you can learn.