How do you cope with having to stay awake because it is not safe to go to sleep?
Last Updated: 01/13/2016 at 6:13pm
Paola Giordani, Psychoanalyst
I have helped and am helping people cope with loss, divorce, anguish and parenting. Depression is also a major issue that comes up.
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I deal with this often as a night shift worker at a psychiatric hospital. When I start feeling sleepy I can overcome this by doing one of several things: I get up and walk around; I get a big glass of cold water; I try doing some stretches; and I talk with one of my coworkers.
Make yourself physically feel something, Stomp your feet, Deep breathe can wake you up. Coffee or tea if you can get some! (loose leaf is the only option I will accept for myself)
Sleep is essential to us. It refreshes the mind, body and soul. The only way to cope is to stay healthy as losing sleep will take a heavy toll on the body. Another thing to consider is the toll on your mind. A strong mind and body could help cope only for a bit, but regular sleep is best.
Healthy sleep habits are incredibly important. If it's unsafe to go to sleep where you are, PLEASE do whatever you can to get yourself out of that situation. If you are under 18, you can be placed with family or friends. If you are over 18, you can contact Victim Advocates at your local police station. They can help you find employment as well as affordable housing, and other mental health services - whatever you need.
I think about happy times, memories I have to cherish because in my heart I belive I will be more I am determined to not let this break me. I am better than this.
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