How to recover your lost sleep

You’ve just had another terrible night. You get up out of bed and struggle to make it through the day…

You start thinking about how you’re going to recover those lost hours of sleep.

Does this sound familiar?

If it does, rest assured, you are not alone…

… With everything written about sleep deprivation and the effects of lost sleep on your health, it’s only natural for you to worry.

But there are 3 problems here:

The good news, though, is that you can recover without changing anything.

Not all sleep is equal

You see, not all sleep is equal in the manner in which it is restorative.

A nap, a night of fragmented sleep, and a good night’s sleep are all different. A quality night’s sleep will bring you the recovery you need.

This process occurs best during 2 specific stages of sleep: REM and deep sleep.

And the good news is your brain is extremely adept at giving you more of these sleep stages when you need them.

Contrary to popular belief, your brain doesn’t just go through these stages in equal proportions throughout each cycle of your night. It will provide a larger proportion of REM or deep sleep when needed, compared to nights when you don’t.

How to recover lost sleep

All you need to do is trust your brain to give you the recovery you need.

So, next time you have another one of these terrible nights, do these 3 things:

  1. Try to have a normal day as you would after a great night of sleep. If you had planned to go out in the evening, go out!
  2. Only go to bed when you are physically struggling to keep your eyes open.
  3. In the morning, don’t sleep in or lie in. On the contrary, try to get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, move your body, go out, and go for a walk to get some sunlight.

This will help improve your sleep the following night.

You’ll see that the more you do this, the better your brain will become at helping you recover. It won’t fix your sleep issue, but it will help on those difficult nights, especially if you’ve had a few in a row.

Your brain can be retrained to sleep healthily.

27 Responses

    1. Yes this is so very common. We show you a different way on the program should you ever need our support, and you don’t have to come off sleeping pills in the first instance to start. Do reach out if you want to fix this once and for all!

  1. Thank you very much. I will be getting in touch to give you the reason why I can’t sleep well at the moment.

    1. Yes these are just a few components and yet so powerful. At re:sleep we can really help you understand and re-program your sleep completely using these methods and more – depending on whats right for you.

  2. I ve had so many nights of very little or no sleep at all. I thought that my brain will be damaged for the rest of my life. I’m sleeping well now most of the nights. Still wondering though whether my brain has recovered from this.

    1. Georgia, your brain is a fantastic machine, and can recover from this if dealt with correctly!

  3. just got up to makea milky drink to see if that will make me sleep – have tried over the counter stuff without seccess

    1. Unfortunately, this is not something that can completely override the insomnia. Feel free to reach out if you want to learn more about fixing sleep once and for all.

  4. I do as you have suggested all the time I.e. continue my day as normal despite the lack of sleep. I wait until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer and then go to bed where I might sleep fitfully for a couple of hours and then I awake usually at about 12.30am and that’s it! No more sleep. This has been the case (off and on) for nearly 20 years. Doctors are not interested unless you’re happy to take addictive drugs, which I am not!

    1. Hi Jane, it’s a great start but you are describing about 5% of how to re train your brain to sleep. You see, we need to tackle all the components of your insomnia, not just regulating your sleep opportunity which is what you describe here. We also need to help you reduce other components like hypersensitivity, sleep anxiety and a weakened sleep drive to name just a few.

  5. These articles are extremely helpful. We are conditioned to believe certain things about sleep that aren’t true and these articles help to dispel these myths and make you more relaxed about whatever sleep difficulty you may have. Thankyou.

  6. Hi, I’m recovering from a serious sports injury & have been tracking my recovery, part of this is trying to get a good nights sleep. I’m keen to get my deep sleep increased to heal better. Do I just wait for my brain to resolve this or is there anything I can do to increase the amount of deep sleep.



    1. Hi Steve, you can only improve sleep overall, which will lead to increased deep sleep. You have no control over specific stages of sleep. To improve sleep overall depends on where you are starting from. If you have broken sleep you would like to fix, then you will need a course of CBTI (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia) which is what our coaching platform is based on here at re:sleep. If you don’t have significantly broken sleep then our articles alone should help you use the most influential things to improve a fairly normal sleeping pattern to be its best.

    1. This is something which many of our users start with on our program – it is made up of a combination of factors when it comes to insomnia. Brain fog slowly starts to improve once you see sleep becomes more predictable and better quality (not just with duration). If you need further support then do reach out, this is exactly what our program is designed to help with – alongside fixing the pattern at night too of course:)

  7. That’s all good to know , must go more walking , I broke my leg 10 months ago so it took a while to get back walking my 10,000 steps Three times a week , but in Spring I will get back longer & better walks as I know that one’s help me sleep better

    1. It’s true exercise is fantastic for sleep. If it’s been a long time of broken sleep, and you find exercise alone is not curing it, we can help!

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