When you’re sleep deprived you may feel one of the following, or all:
- Like Kevin and Perry “It’s sooo unfair, why me, everything is rubbish”
- Total space cadet wading through gloop
- Hungover (cold, bit shakey, slight headache)
- Illiterate and unable to string a comprehensible sentence together
- Jelly skeleton – soggy (no bone) posture
- Compulsion to eat and consume warm sugary drinks all day
- Close to tears and/or delirious laughter at any given moment
Sleep deprivation coping mechanisms:
- It is OK to eat and drink sugary drinks all day. Fact. (Some science shizz about sugar levels and endorphins blah).
- Tell yourself (or ask someone else) to remind you it is just tiredness. Tiredness is a joy thief, it tricks you into thinking the end of the world is nigh. But if you can plough on through and grab 4 or more consecutive hours, the world will seem a better place tomorrow.
- It’s ok to cry. But it won’t make you feel any better. Instead, stick on the radio or Spotify, find a second wind and ‘wiggle your worries away’. You’ll look bonkers, but it’ll make you laugh, which is a big achievement on these testing days.
- It’s ok to watch Judge Rinder or First Dates for as long as you can get away with it.
- Achieve one thing. That could be an online shop, getting dressed or even making food that didn’t pop out of a toaster. Well done. You are a winner.
One final warning: do not make any decisions on these days (new hairstyle/sending ‘that’ text to flaky friend). It’s like going shopping when you’re hungry. Bad idea.