I was wondering if anyone knows if there's a quick way to recover from sleep deprivation. I was also wondering if meditation can be used as a substitute for sleep. Sometimes I find that trying to meditate just prevents me from going to sleep, but maybe I'm using too much effort.
And also, can just lying in bed create the necessary rest that I need? Do I really need to enter the dream state (and therefore lose consciousness) to recover from sleep deprivation?
I also find that I breath really fast during the day, especially when I get sleepy. My fast breathing creates a sense of anxiety in me. Is there any value in slowing down the speed of one's breath. For me, it's really hard to maintain this because once I consciously slow down my breath (by doing deep breathing exercises), it just returns to its fast rhythm after I stop doing the breathing exercises. Could this be counter productive, and possibly a form of suppression? Is it possible to permanently slow my breathing if I consciously slow it down with ongoing vigilance, even during sleep? Or is it better to just let it slow down on its own by just letting the mind relax?